Heat can be harmful to your health – key messages
- In one hot spell in August 2003 in England, deaths in those aged 75 and over rose by 60%, with approximately 2000 total extra deaths than would normally be expected.
- Those with heart, respiratory and serious health problems are more at risk and the heat can make these conditions worse. Babies and young children are also especially at risk.
- Many prescription medicines can reduce your tolerance of heat. You should keep taking your medicines, but take extra care to keep cool.
- Danger symptoms to watch out for in hot weather include: feeling faint and dizzy, short of breath, vomiting or increasing confusion.
- Take immediate action if danger symptoms of heatstroke are present:
- Cool down as quickly as possible (see the advice on the pages which follow)
- Do not take aspirin or paracetamol – this can make you worse. Please note: do carry on taking all other prescribed medicines.
- Seek further advice from NHS 111, a doctor, or ring 999 if the person has collapsed.