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Health Unit: be careful in the heat this summer

Summer temperatures have come to the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark region, and the Health Unit is reminding residents that high temperatures can have an impact on their health. 

“Becoming over heated can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases death,” explains Communications Coordinator Susan Healey. “Even short periods of exposure to high temperatures can cause health problems.” 

Healey says babies and toddlers, elderly people, people with chronic illnesses, and anyone that has to be outside for extended periods of time because of work or homelessness have an increased risk of health complications like heat stroke. 

She adds you should seek medical attention immediately if you start to feel nauseous, get a severe headache, start convulsing, develop a fever, or have a hard time breathing because of the heat. 

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To avoid health problems, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Linna Li says you should drink plenty of water throughout the day when it’s hot, try to stay in the shade when you do have to go outside, and eat foods like grapes that have a high-water content. 

You can find more advice on how to beat the heat this summer on the Health Unit’s website. 

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