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15th Jun, 2021

Temperatures are set to rise - see tips on how to treat sunburn and heatstroke

Harry Leach 2nd Jul, 2020

WITH temperatures set to rise again next week, St John Ambulance has shared tips to help Redditch stay safe in the sun.

Knowing how to treat heat related conditions such as heatstroke and sunburn can be vital.

Dr Lynn Thomas, medical director at St John Ambulance, said: “Extreme heat can be very dangerous, particularly for the very young and old.

“It is important everyone looks after themselves by keeping out of the sun or covering up, wearing sunscreen and drinking plenty of water.

“Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are two of the most serious problems that can develop when the mercury soars. But by being prepared you can spot the early warning signs, such as headache and dizziness.”

Dr Thomas says the best way to treat someone suspected of heatstroke is to move them to a cool place and remove their outer clothing.

After calling 999 – wrap them up in a cool, wet sheet and keep pouring cold water over it until their temperature falls to at least 37.5C (measured under the armpit).

Replace the wet sheet with a dry sheet once their temperature goes back to normal.

And while waiting for an ambulance to arrive keep checking their temperature as well as their breathing.

To treat sunburn cover the skin with light clothing and move the individual out of the sun.

Give them water to sip and cool the skin with cold water for 10 minutes.

Apply calamine lotion to soothe mild sunburn and if there are blisters advise that they see a healthcare professional.

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