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TUCSON, Ariz. -- With temperatures well over 100 for the second day in a row, it's simply dangerous to spend too much time outside. Local clinics and hospitals are seeing what they call an uptick in heat related illnesses.
When the temps get this high, no matter how you warn them, some people inevitably come down with heat related illnesses.
Dave Hall a P.A. at NextCare urgent care in Tucson is bracing for an influx of patients this week as the temperatures sit closer to the one-teens than 100.
"What we're trying to promote is obviously preventive, so you won't have to come into urgent care," said Dave Hall.
Hall says not many of his patients are people who work outside. They take care of themselves. They have water with them and they're a little more savvy in the heat.
"A lot of them are either young college students, people from out of town visiting, people who had a little too much to drink, people who are river rafting. People who don't realize they are in a harmful situation until hours later. And by that time it's too late," said Hall.
University Medical Center is also seeing a spike in patients because of the heat.
They are seeing a lot of elderly people whose medication makes them more susceptible. And children, who can fall victim to heat exhaustion on days like this just by running around and playing outside.
When it comes to heat exhaustion, it is treatable.
"The smart ones, when they really become sick they come in and we can use IV fluid to replace the electrolytes quickly," said Hall.
Otherwise it can take days to feel normal again. That's why the experts preach prevention.
"I tell people to have a water bottle with some electrolytes in it, maybe half water half Gatorade. Sip it constantly throughout the day," said Hall.
NextCare is also seeing a lot of sunburn victims this week.
At UMC, doctors preach keeping an eye on each other in these conditions. Especially when it comes to children and the elderly.