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Local Doctor: Heat related illnesses on the rise

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CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

Physicians at Doctors Express Urgent Care Clinic in Clearwater say it's no surprise they see a rise in heat related illnesses this time of year. After all, it is August and this is Florida. But, a number of patients they see are visiting from out of town.

"The most common is actually sunburn, which is a heat related illness. Folks from out of the area probably aren't thinking about that as much." Said Dr. Richard Kuehne, the director at the clinic. Kuehne says there are some simple steps to avoid sunburn and heat exhaustion. "First, using sunscreen." Said Kuehne. "An Alternative would be avoiding the mid part of the day. In daylight savings time that's usually between 11 and 3. And also wearing loose, light fitting clothing."

Children playing sports in the heat of the day should also use caution. When practices can't be rescheduled for the morning or evening, players should always stay hydrated. "You need to make sure you drink water, primarily, about one cup every fifteen minutes is a general rule. Obviously the general sports drinks are okay, but water is perfectly acceptable and would be encouraged as the first line. And you need to force yourself to do this, get in the habit of it. "

While this may all seem like common sense, Dr. Kuehne says far too many people don't plan for the heat and end up in clinics like his.

 

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