July 19, 2013
CHICAGO – Ahead of another day of extreme heat, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System is reminding residents to take extra measures during extreme heat.
“High heat and humidity is dangerous for all Cook County residents– young, elderly and in-between, Dr. Raju, CEO, Cook County Health & Hospitals System said. “The Cook County medical staff is asking area residents to safe and cool as the Chicagoland area braces another day of heat.”
Dr. Raju and the Cook County medical staff are reminding everyone to notice signs of heat-related illnesses. Symptoms of heat-related illness include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, seizures and irregular heartbeats.
To stay cool and avoid illness, people should increase their fluid intake, but avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and sugar; decrease strenuous, outdoor physical activity; and remain in air-conditioning when possible.
The Health System also encourages relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone. When temperatures and humidity are extremely high, seniors and people with chronic health conditions should be monitored for dehydration and other effects of extreme heat. Additionally, seniors should eat lighter meals, take longer and more frequent rests, and drink plenty of fluids.