Chronic illness sufferers at risk during extreme heat

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Headaches, cramps and more; these are just a few of the symptoms the heat may force you to experience.

Doctors say people with chronic illnesses are the highest risk of being affected. They’re likely on medication and doctors need to talk to them about how the sun will impact their health.

“Heat illness is a spectrum and the very least risky are people that just get cramps, usually from being a little bit dehydrated,” explained Dr. Ted Delbdridge, Brody School of Medicine. “It progresses to heat exhaustion, where they begin to develop severe symptoms and all the way on to heat stroke, where your body loses its capacity to thermo regulate itself. Your temperature goes really high like at a fever. Those people are at super duper risk.”

Delbdridge said by the time you get thirsty, you’re already behind and need to hydrate.

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