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Doctor’s Warn of Heat-Related Illnesses

SunASHLAND, Ore. — As temperatures continue to heat up, health officials are reminding people to stay cooled down while outdoors. A variety of sun or heat-related illnesses can occur when people are active during the hottest part of the day.

Dehydration and sun burn can be minor, however, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are much more serious. Doctors say Oregon benefits from a less humid climate then other parts of the country but heat stroke can still occur. Young children, the elderly, and people with other medical conditions are at the greatest risk.

“Memorial Day weekend was cold and wet around here, we’re not use to it all of a sudden being up to 85 or 90 degrees, we have not climatized that. By the end of the summer, yeah, we’re used to those temperatures but we’re making that big jump, now, from the cooler moist temperatures to the hotter, dryer temperatures,” said Dr. Paul Rostikus at Ashland Community Hospital.

Health officials encourage people to drink plenty of fluids during the day and avoid long periods of activity during the hottest part of the day.