Loyola emergency physicians available to discuss who is most at risk, how to recognize symptoms of heat-related illness
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Chicago is sweltering through some of its hottest weather so far this summer.
In the coming days, temperatures in the Chicago area are expected to spike into the 90s and combine with surging humidity to produce a heat index that has the potential to have a deadly effect on the human body.
"The heat and humidity that we're currently experiencing in the Chicago area can be dangerous, even fatal, if the proper precautions are not taken," said Dr. Mark Cichon, director of Emergency Medical Services at Loyola University Medical Center. "Though the elderly, young children and those with chronic health conditions are most at risk, people of all ages need to know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which is more serious, and seek medical attention when appropriate."
Heat exhaustion symptoms include:
* Clammy, cool skin * Dry mouth * Dizziness * Fatigue * Weakness * Headache * Nausea * Cramps * Weak and rapid pulse.
Heat stroke symptoms include:
* Hot, dry skin * Elevated body temperature * Confusion * Unconsciousness or convulsions