Fun in the summer sun is a great way to bring together family members and
friends. But if you’re planning to head to the beach, host a family
picnic, or enjoy a workout in the summer sun this season, it’s a
good idea to become familiar with the warning signs of medical problems. The
summer heat in San Jose can quickly lead to heat-related illnesses, dehydration, and
other problems. If you or a loved one does require emergency care, Regional
Medical Center of San Jose is here to help.
Unless it’s treated quickly, dehydration can become severe enough
to require emergency care. Even if your symptoms are mild, it’s
important to seek appropriate care for this condition.
Mild to moderate symptoms of dehydration include headache, muscle cramps, dry and cool skin, dark yellow urine,
thirst, and a dry, sticky mouth. Severe dehydration can cause very low
to no urine output, confusion, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing,
unconsciousness, delirium, shock, and sunken eyes.
When someone is having fun outdoors, it can be difficult to convince him
or her to cool off or even to seek emergency care when the symptoms of
heat-related illnesses arise. Watch this featured video to hear a doctor
at Regional Medical Center of San Jose explain how you can help reluctant
patients get the care they need. You just might save a life, since heat-related
illnesses can become life-threatening. Some of the signs of heat exhaustion
include a rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, confusion, headache,
and muscle cramps. If heat exhaustion is allowed to progress to heatstroke,
the signs and symptoms can include a very high temperature, blurry vision,
loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, weakness, and seizures.
The emergency care physicians and nurses at
Regional Medical Center of San Jose encourage our neighbors to become aware of the red flags of common medical
emergencies and to seek immediate help when necessary. In addition to
our emergency care services, our community hospital is a leading provider
of stroke care, breast care, and robotic surgery for residents throughout
the greater San Jose area. General healthcare questions may be directed
to a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.