EL PASO (KDBC) — As temperatures warm, it's important to keep your family out of harm's way. Since school is out for the summer, doctors and emergency rooms start seeing an increase in heat illnesses.
As the sun comes up in El Paso every morning, so do the temperatures and being out in the heat for long periods of time can cause serious health problems.
Dr. Sergio Ibarra with Southwest Urgent Care Center said cases of heat illnesses increase during the summer. The most serious form is heat stroke.
"The main factor that develops for heat stroke is that the body is essentially unable to correct the changes in the temperature," said Ibarra.
Ibarra said if you notice the symptoms, it's important to get out of the heat and get help as soon as possible.
"It involves changes in the skin where it is warm and they're very dry, usually the person does have a fever by that time, they tend to have nausea, vomiting, head ache, fatigue," said Ibarra.
And in severe cases, your heart rate increases, you become confused or you can have seizures which can lead to a coma and even death.
Ibarra said if you know you're going to be outside in the heat, plan your day.
“If you know you're going to be doing any outdoor activity, it's always a smart idea to begin your day by hydrating yourself a plan on frequent hydration breaks during the day," said Ibarra.
Ibarra said you should wear light-colored, light-weight and loose fitting clothing, hats and sunscreen. He also said schedule your vigorous outdoor activities during the cooler times of the day.