CDC offers tips for treating heat illnesses as heat wave approaches

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding the public about the warning signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion as a heat wave prepares to sweep through Southern California.  

Heatstroke is characterized by high body temperature with hot, red, dry or damp skin, according to the CDC. 

Symptoms can include a fast and strong pulse, dizziness, confusion, and loss of consciousness. 

Anyone who suspects themselves or others to be suffering from heat stroke is advised to call 911 as soon as possible and to get to a cooler place, the CDC said. 

Those with heatstroke should attempt to lower their body temperature with light clothing or a cool bath, and should not drink anything. 

Heat exhaustion symptoms can include heavy sweating, cold or clammy skin, a fast but weak pulse, nausea, muscle cramps, weakness, and fainting. 

Anyone suffering from heat exhaustion is advised to try to cool off by drinking water and wearing light or loose clothing, the CDC said. 

If symptoms worsen, last longer than an hour, or include vomiting, seek medical attention, the CDC said. 

For more information on heat illnesses, visit the CDC’s website

Temperatures for the valley areas of Kern County throughout the week are expected to peak at 104 degrees Saturday and remain in the triple digits.

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