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Doctors advise keeping a close eye on signs of heat-related illnesses

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Temperatures are only getting hotter this week and it’s good for people to remember how quickly their car can heat up after turning it off.

Dr. Alex Kitzis at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center explains that heat-related illnesses can happen fast. 

Symptoms to look for in children are flushing of the face, nauseousness and confusion.

Dr. Kitzis says it only takes a couple of minutes for a car to heat up to over 100 degrees, even if the temperature outside is in the mid-80s.

He says infants are especially vulnerable to heat stroke inside of a car. They often have hot skin and a flushed face without signs of sweating, as an adolescent would have.

Dr. Kitzis also says some mild symptoms to look for are vomiting and breathing fast.

According to Dr. Kitzis, if a child is showing neurological signs like confusion or passing out, that is when a child should be brought to the hospital.

“Age can change it, your conditioning, chronic medical illness, medications that you take. All of those are factors in terms of how vulnerable one can be to heat related illness,” said Dr. Kitzis.

Medications that can make a person more prone to heat exhaustion are medications for attention deficit, antihistamines, diuretics, anti-depressants, and beta-blockers. 

Dr. Kitzis says people will want to be more aware of how much time they are spending in the heat if they are taking any of these.

Most importantly, Dr. Kitzis says prevention is key because heat stroke can be life threatening.

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