Heat Safety for Asthma/Allergy Sufferers

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In the high temperatures, people should make safety a priority. Safety recommendations are as follows:

  • Limit time spent outdoors as much as possible.
  • Drink adequate amounts of water, especially if spending time outdoors.
  • Provide water for children and pets.
  • Do not leave children or pets in the car for any amount of time.
  • If you experience any symptoms of heat stroke, go inside or seek a cooling center and seek medical attention if necessary. Symptoms of heat stroke may include dizziness; disorientation; agitation; confusion; sluggishness; seizure; hot, dry sign that is flushed but not sweaty; loss of consciousness; rapid heartbeat; and/or hallucinations.
  • When pollen levels are high, people with allergies and asthma should follow the above recommendations and these additional directives:
  • Stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed. Use an air conditioner if possible.
  • Save outside activities for late afternoon. Avoid the outdoors between 5 and 10 a.m.
  • Do not dry clothes outdoors; pollen will stick to them.
  • Have someone who does not have asthma cut the grass, or wear a face mask if needed.
  • Avoid other asthma and allergy triggers whenever possible.

For more information about heat safety, asthma, allergies, pollen or other related topics, please visit the MedLine Plus website at www.nlm.nih.gov and/or call the Macon County Health Department. For more personalized medical guidance, information, and/or related care, residents should contact their physician.

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