Doctor warns of excessive heat risksSIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The hot temperatures and high humidity forecast for South Dakota over the next several days has one doctor warning residents to change their routines.
An excessive heat warning is in effect through Tuesday evening
for central and eastern sections of the state.
Sanford Health Dr. Mike Bergeron (BERZH'-er-on) tells South
Dakota Public Broadcasting that heat-related issues come in stages,
with early-onset heat exhaustion treatable with hydration and about
15 minutes of rest in a cool spot.
He says without relief, it can get worse and develop into
exertional heat stroke. A person who is rapidly overheating can
become combative, lose control or have a seizure or go into a coma.
Bergeron says be prepared with plenty of water, wet towels or
other methods to cool down.