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Tuesday, Jul 23 2013 10:37 AM

'First Look': Doctor delivers heat safety message

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The combination of intense heat and particulate matter in the air can wreak havoc on health. Local Dr. Raj Patel shared tips for staying safe Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

"Take it easy during the hottest part of the day. Don't go out," Patel said via phone.

When the temperature soars above 90 degrees, especially if you have certain health problems, he said, "you better use judgment" and not expose yourself to conditions that could prompt heat stroke and dehydration.

Patel urged people who are exercising to pick proper clothing that's light-colored and loose-fitting, and hydrate with a fluid that contains electrolytes.

He also urged people to be smart about the time of day they exercise outside and mind the temperature and air quality.

This time of year it's common to see heat cramps and dehydration from heat exposure. Anyone whose temperature rises above 104 degrees should immediately get to an emergency room for evaluation of heat stroke, he said.

Californian President and CEO Richard Beene, who joined the simulcast in studio, talked about the white spots that showed up the last time he had lung x-rays.

Beene recalled Patel saying "that's Bakersfield, that's Bakersfield," as he looked at the spots where dust particles appeared to be trapped, a result of local air quality.

While he can get new air filters for his home, Beene quipped. "I can't go to Lowe's and get a new lung."

 

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