Rising temperatures cause an increase in medical calls

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service says they've seen an increase in medical calls for heat strokes and dehydration over the last week as temperatures continue to rise.

Paramedic Harvey Parker recommends people drink between 8 to 12 ounces of water every hour to stay hydrated.

"Lot's of fluids is going to make you have to urinate a lot more as well, so if you are not urinating once an hour you're probably not getting enough fluids especially with the heat we are having right now," Parker said.

Parker says it's best to stay in shaded areas while you're outdoors and drink a bottle of water after drinking soda or an alcoholic beverage since both will dehydrate you.

"It has a diuretic effect and causes us to excrete more fluids than what we are taking in so it actually hinders our ability to hydrate," Parker said.

"Since there's a splash pad here we decided to come up here so they can play with the other kids and stay cool," Shon Derryberry said.

Resident Shon Derryberry says she has her own ways of helping stay cool.

"We carry around wet wash clothes," Derryberry said. "I put them in the freezer beforehand and then they have their bottled water so we try to stay as hydrated as possible."

Experts say a headache is one of the first signs of dehydration so if you feel one coming on, get to shade or air conditioning and drink some water.

"As it gets on, you're going to get hot, beat red, not sweating anymore that's a late sign - that's where you are going into heat stroke at that point," Parker said, "You need to get out of the heat and put ice packs to the armpits and groins."

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