Signs and symptoms that show you could be suffering from heat-related illness

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — With the heat advisory making temperatures feel like it’s above 100 degrees that could cause some serious heat-related health issues for people who spend a long time outside.

Action News Jax visited some local parks Wednesday and used a heat gun to measure things like pavement, railings and plastic which all measured over 100 degrees.


Those temperatures can be dangerous for any child who comes in contact with the surface.

That’s why doctors are advising people on symptoms to look out for to make sure they’re not experiencing heat-related illnesses.

Some symptoms like headache and nausea may not seem like a big deal to some people, however, doctors say they could be signs of heat stroke.

Dr. Sunil Joshi said people need to pay attention to those are symptoms.

“Probably the most common first symptom would be nausea for no reason, and then, you can get lightheaded, have bad headaches,” Joshi said.

He said this could happen just from being outside without doing any activities.

“It can go from as simple as just having a headache, to being nauseated, to full-blown loss of consciousness to so it is important to take that seriously,” Joshi said.

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He said a few tricks to avoid getting sick in the heat include, stay awaying from caffeine and carbonated drinks and to stay hydrated.

“You do need to drink water, natural juices and when we say that we’re saying no alcohol,” Joshi said.

Joshi said if you’re going to the beach and you’re going to be in the water, that’s also protecting you to some extent to help you stay cooler, That too could help your body from overheating.

People who like to work out outside Dr. Joshi suggest doing so in the morning before the sun rises or in the evening after the sun goes down.

Action News Jax checked Wednesday to see how many people had been treated for heat-related illnesses on the beach and at surrounding hospitals. So far no issues have been reported.

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