Don’t Take a Chance with a High Fever

A normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (F) but what is normal for each person can fluctuate a little above or below that number. When your body temperature goes above what is normal for you, you could have a fever. Most likely, a fever is a reaction to an underlying condition. Some experts believe it’s one way the body fights off infection.

High FeverOther symptoms that can be present with a fever are:

  • Shivering or chills
  • Sweating
  • Headaches and muscle aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dehydration
  • General Weakness

A High fever, those between 103 F and 106 F, can be dangerous and deadly. If you or a loved one have a high fever above 103 F or a fever that lasts for a few days, it’s time to seek medical treatment.

According to the Mayo Clinic, you should come to the ER right away if you have a fever and any of these symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Severe throat swelling
  • Unusual skin rash, especially if the rash rapidly worsens
  • Unusual sensitivity to bright light
  • Stiff neck and pain when you bend your head forward
  • Mental confusion
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Extreme listlessness or irritability
  • Abdominal pain or pain when urinating
  • Muscle weakness or sensory changes
  • Seizures
Remember, when it comes to your family’s health, Be Sure.

Beach Safety Tips

Beach Safety TipsSummer is here! That means family vacations and trips to the beach. Relax as you listen to the sound of the waves and feel the sand between your toes. But, always keep these beach safety tips in mind so you don’t end up in the emergency room.

  • Keep an eye on children and don’t let them near the water alone to prevent drowning.
  • Don’t eat food that has been sitting out in the heat. Always keep food chilled in a cooler with ice packs.
  • Apply bug spray and sunscreen, and reapply as necessary. Follow instructions for proper use.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water or other beverages. Limit alcohol consumption.
  • If you hear thunder seek shelter right away

There are other safety concerns at the beach. Jellyfish can sting people in the water. Their tentacles inject venom into people before they even realize it. Most jellyfish stings are mild, only causing redness, pain, swelling and tingling/numbness. But others can cause internal illnesses or be life-threatening.

Crabs and other sea creatures can nip at toes, and cuts and scrapes occur when people step or fall on shells and other debris. It’s best to wear water shoes and always be protected.

Rip currents are strong currents that pull swimmers away from the beach and can cause drowning. Obey all warning signs and follow instructions from lifeguards.

Be safe this summer and remember, we are always here for you and your family.

Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms

Heart Attack SymptomsHeart Attack Signs and Symptoms

Sometimes, heart attacks come on suddenly, with little warning, and can be intense. Other times there’s some mild pain and discomfort that mimics other symptoms, so people wait too long to get help. Either way, heart attacks can be deadly so learn the warning signs and know when to seek help.

Heart attacks happen when blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart is stopped or reduced. This can result from plaque (fat and cholesterol) buildup on artery walls that breaks open, forming a blood clot.

According to the American Heart Association, Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back
  • Pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, neck or stomach
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Lightheadedness

Cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack. In a cardiac arrest the heart stops beating. The person will be unresponsive and may not be breathing. Call 9-1-1 immediately. Yell for help and start CPR.

If you are a loved one experience chest pain or discomfort, or shortness of breath, it’s best to get checked out by an emergency room physician. Don’t take any chances. Be sure.