AUSTIN (KXAN) — Scorching temperatures this week have resulted in a spike in heat-related medical calls, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.
Medical personnel responded to 11 heat-related incidents Wednesday, the agency tweeted, and it is warning of more Thursday as high temperatures are expected to hold steady into the weekend.
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The signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke are different and ATCEMS tweeted out two lists of symptoms for each condition and how to treat them.
- Heavy sweating
- Cold, pale and clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dark urine or lack of urge to urinate
How to treat heat exhaustion:
- Move to cooler location
- Lie down and loosen your clothing
- Apply cool, wet compresses to as much of your body as possible
- Sip water
- If you have vomited as it continues, seek medical attention immediately
- High body temperature (above 103° F)
- Hot, red, dry or moist skin
- Rapid and strong pulse
- Possible unconsciousness
How to treat heatstroke:
- Call 911 immediately (This is a medical emergency)
- Move the person to a cooler environment
- Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a cold bath
- Do NOT give the person fluids