As temperatures soar this week, the Illinois Department of Public Health is offering information about heat-related illnesses.

The most serious condition is heat stroke says State Public Health Chief Medical Officer Doctor Arti Barnes.  She gives some of the warning signs.

“You may notice that you may have breathing difficulties, your heart rate is getting really fast, your skin will feel extremely hot to the touch.  And with temperatures over 105 or 106 degrees Fahrenheit.”

Barnes says if someone is experiencing those symptoms or others like confusion, slurred speech or seizures, you should call 911.  The precursor is heat exhaustion, where you may feel nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing and cool, clammy skin.  In that case, Barnes recommends getting indoors or into the shade, drinking water and even immersing your feet in cold water can help.

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