WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Before heading outdoors, you may want to have a few items with you to protect yourself from heat exhaustion. Dr. Chirag Patel, a Family Practitioner of Indiana University Health Arnett, said heat exhaustion is a risk for both children and adults.
Patel said side effects of heat exhaustion include nausea, fever-like symptoms and muscle cramping from dehydration. He said staying hydrated, wearing light colors and using sunscreen can help protect you from heat. Patel said the more water you drink, the better off you will be. He said if you start feeling symptoms, it is best to contact your doctor.
"Whenever you are not feeling well, it's always a good time to talk to your doctor. Call your doctor's office and talk to the nurse if this is something I am (you are) going through or is that something that needs to be seen? And they can guide you from there, " said Patel.
Patel says you should always carry water if you plan on being outside and also re-apply sunscreen frequently. He says enjoy the summer-time, but remember to protect yourself from the heat.
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