LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- The weather this weekend is expected to be hotter than normal, which leaves people at risk of heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion occurs when your body is not able to regulate itself. Symptoms include light-headedness, dizziness, dry mouth, and weakness. As symptoms, progress a person can have an altered mental status and bad diarrhea. Masks can trigger heat exhaustion. However, Dr. Andrew Alaimo the Assistant Medical Director at Franciscan Health Lafayette says people should be wearing them especially if you plan to be around a large number of people.
"I know it's 4th of July weekend everybody should be wearing their mask,” said Dr. Alaimo. “If you start getting any signs of heat exhaustion separate yourself from others and then you can take your mask off. Everyone should be practicing social distancing."
Dr. Alaimo says the very young and very old are more prone to heat exhaustion. People with heart and lung issues are also more susceptible. If you have, symptoms and they do not subside after you have hydrated and gotten yourself to a cool area you should seek medical attention.