By: Francisco Diaz, The Laredo Sun
Signs of heat stroke vary but may include very high body temperature over 103 degrees Fahrenheit, flushed skin, hot and dry, strong and rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, confusion and unconsciousness.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency and people must call the 911 systems for help.
The report said that people should try to keep cool and use common sense when temperatures are extremely high.
People should know the signs and symptoms of heat illness by checking their body frequently for symptoms.
It was also recommended to drink enough fluids, even if not thirsty and avoid beverages containing caffeine or alcohol. Wearing light-colored clothing and applying sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher is also a must.
Poor physical condition and health problems such as hypertension or diabetes, colds, pregnancy and use of certain medications increase the risk.
The health program is instituted by the government of Mexico, which works with various health-related organizations and locally on a partnership between the Consulate General of Mexico and Laredo Health Department, and other local agencies.
The Health program is located at the Consulate General of Mexico located at 1612 Farragut and is headed by Dr. Melissa Cavazos.