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Doctors Warn About the Dangers of Summer Heat

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON Tenn. - The first official weekend of summer may not have been dangerously hot, but doctors are warning everyone of the dangers the summer sun can bring.

Dr. Chris Lewis with Lift Health told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that staying hydrated is the key to staying safe this summer.

"If you can stay inside on a day when it is 90 or hotter that's best," said Lewis. "If you do have to go out try to make it early in the morning or late in the afternoon."

Being exposed to hot temperatures can lead to dangerous illnesses like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

"People will start getting headaches and feeling faint," warned Lewis. "They may sweat initially, but as you lose too much water you may even not sweat at all."

Doctors said to drink lots of water, wear sunscreen if you are outside, wear light colored clothing, and keep outdoor activities to a minimum when temperatures are above 90 degrees.

"If it is too hot your body has trouble keeping up, and you lose fluid through dehydration," said Lewis.
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