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Hyperthermia

You've heard of hypothermia, or low body temperature.

This time of year, there's a risk of body temperatures getting too high, especially for the elderly.

Summer temperatures in the 80's and '90's can put older people at risk for dehydration and hyperthermia, according to the National Institutes of Health's Dr. Basil Elidadah.

Dr. Elidadah: "Hyperthermia is generally where the core body temperature is elevated above 38.5 degrees Celsius."

When a person's body temperature is above 38 degrees Celsius, or 100.4 Fahrenheit, that person has mild hyperthermia.

Symptoms of mild hyperthermia are fatigue and dehydration.

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