Frisco, TX

Frisco heat advisory: Learn how to treat sunburn, cramps, rashes, heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Amy Christie

Frisco Fire Department has sent out guidance for all residents to stay safe in the hot summer days. The Heat Advisory brings out days over 100 degrees and staying cool and hydrated while preventing red skin and sunburns is essential.

Read on to find out the symptoms and steps you need to take for each of the summer-related health issues.

How can you keep cool when summer is here?

And it’s not just warm, it’s hot and the air around you feels like a sauna. If you want to sail safely past the boiling hot days, you need to watch out for problematic symptoms and act fast as soon as you realize you don’t feel good or your loved ones are in danger.

These are the main heat-related illnesses highlighted by Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland and the action plan for each one:

1. Heat stroke

The main symptoms for heat stroke are:

  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Passing out
  • Fast pulse
  • Red, dry, damp, or hot skin
  • Body temperature 103° F or higher.

What to do:

  • Heat stroke is considered a medical emergency so call 911
  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Lower their body temperature with a cool bath or with cool cloths
  • Don’t give them anything to drink.

2. Heat cramps

The main symptoms for heat cramps are:

  • Muscle pain or spasms
  • Intense sweating while exercising.

What to do:

  • Have some water or a sports drink
  • Don’t do any more physical activity until cramps disappear
  • Move to a cool place and relax.

Get medical help in the following cases:

  • If you’re on a low-sodium menu
  • Cramps don’t go away after an hour
  • You have heart issues.

3. Heat exhaustion

The main symptoms for heat exhaustion are:

Cold, clammy, and pale skin

  • Weak pulse
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fainting.

What to do:

  • Move to a cool place
  • Take a cool bath or use damp, cool cloths as compresses
  • Avoid tight clothes
  • Drink water slowly.

Seek medical help if:

  • You feel worse
  • Your symptoms last more than one hour.

4. Sunburn

The main symptoms for sunburn are:

  • Blisters on the skin
  • Hot, red, painful skin.

What to do:

  • Avoid the sun until the skin heals
  • Take a cool bath or apply cool compresses on affected skin
  • Use moisturizing lotions to take care of sunburned skin
  • Avoid touching or breaking blisters.

5. Heat rash

It looks like red clusters or small blisters on the skin.

What to do:

  • Stay in a dry and cool place
  • Keep the rash dry
  • Apply baby powder to soothe the uncomfortable sensation.

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