From the Packers game in Green Bay to the Fox Cities Marathon in Appleton, many people are going to be out in extreme heat this weekend, and should be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke.
“So when people suffer from heat stroke, their body is essentially shutting down,” Dr. Ryan Murphy, an emergency physician at Aurora BayCare said. “It reaches the temperature where the body cannot auto-regulate or dissipate that heat in an effective way so their internal organ systems kind of start to shut down, and in a severe case those are the patients that can go into cardiac arrest.”
If you’re running in the Fox Cities Marathon, make sure you hydrate before, during, and after the race.
“So first and foremost, drink plenty of fluids before the race,” Dr. Murphy said. “During the race you need to be drinking fluids as well, it doesn’t matter a whole lot whether if it is electrolyte replacement or water, from the start. And then again, trying to watch closely for those signs that it’s time to slow down and take a break.”
If you’re drinking at the game, beer can leave you dehydrated.
“So it’s not to say you can’t have a beer or two, but you should listen to your body, try to drink some water while you’re out there,” Dr. Murphy said.
Sweating excessively, feeling fatigued, and being thirsty are some symptoms of heat stroke.
“When it starts to become more severe, you’re going to notice maybe changes in your mentation,” Dr. Murphy said. “People are going to start to act kind of goofy, say funny things, they might start to notice abdominal cramping, maybe they start to feel nauseous, maybe they’re going to throw up, so those are the signs and symptoms you really need to pay attention to, when it gets to that point it’s definitely time to go inside find the air conditioning cool off stay there until you feel better.”
Organizers of the Fox Cities Marathon are also asking homeowners who live along the route to turn on their sprinklers so runners can cool off.