When the sun beats down and the temperature goes up, more New Mexicans are making a visit to Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque. "People get out and do it, it's a nice day, they don't realize how hot it is and before they know it, they're in trouble doctor," said Dr. George Molzen, an emergency room doctor at Lovelace.
He says the hospital has seen a bump of about 10 heat related illnesses in the past couple weeks. But there are signs you can pay attention to and make sure you don't end up in the hospital. "As soon as you start feeling your muscles tighten, as soon as you start really feeling flu symptoms where you're nauseated or you ache, you really have not gotten enough water in you," Molzen said.
As a general rule, if it's 95 degrees or higher, Molzen says you shouldn't be doing outside activities like riding your bike or hiking. Also, keep an eye out for elderly people and young kids who are most at risk. If you are with someone and they start getting confused or they start vomiting, they need to see a doctor. Without a doubt, Molzen says do not leave a child or pet in the car, even for just a moment.
"It just happens so quick. It's just too dangerous to take a chance," he said.
Instead of just fluid, it's also important to remember that salt intake is very important to fight dehydration. That's why products like Gatorade and Powerade are good options.