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How The Heat Can Affect Your Health

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- Here in Florida, the official first day of summer doesn't feel much different than the last days of spring.

But it's still a good reminder that heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be very dangerous.

It's important to know when your body is telling you you're overheated. This is especially true for those who spend their whole day working outside.

"You get heat exhaustion out here if you're not careful," Said Leroy Mullett, who is a laborer.

While some people have the luxury of working inside, laborers like Mullett have to get creative with ways to keep themselves cool during these hot months.

One thing he and other workers do is put a special cloth in ice water, ring it out, and wrap it around their neck, but that doesn't mean you won't still feel the heat.

"If you feel yourself getting hot and oozy out here, you just need to get in the shade and take a break and then keep on going," Mullett said.

Here's how you know you're overheated.

"Feeling dizzy, or lightheaded. You might have a headache. You may develop some abdominal  cramping or muscle cramping. You may feel nauseous or start throwing up or maybe have some diarrhea," Said Dr. Diana Krblich of Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care.

If you are experiencing heat exhaustion, it's important to go into shaded or air conditioned area, and hydrate yourself.

"Make sure you have enough fluids on you, I keep Gatorade around and a lot of ice water and I keep it in my truck," Said Mullett.

You also want to take your age into consideration.

"Anybody that is older or a young child, those people are at higher risk for having complications from getting overheated so it's really important to take extra precautions if you're going to enjoy a day outside," Krblich said.

Doctors say if you pass out from the heat, you are having a heat stroke and it's important to go to the emergency room as soon as possible.

They also say if you enjoy working out outside, it's best to do so in the early morning or later at night when the temperatures aren't as high.

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