Heat Exhaustion can occur at anytime not just in the summer months. Anytime your body becomes overworked and dehydrated, you’re susceptible to heat exhaustion. Be aware of the symptoms and remember some of these home remedies. Heat exhaustion can be serious, so if you are in doubt about treating this at home, call 911 immediately.
Heat Exhaustion Symptoms
One major symptom of heat exhaustion is sweating profusely. Dizziness and nausea while exercising or working outside is a warning that you should stop and take a break, drink some water. Other signs can be dark urine, muscle cramps and low energy. If you are experiencing a headache or a fever of about 102, it is advisable to seek medical attention.
If you feel these symptoms coming on, first thing is to get out of the sun, lie down in a cool, shaded area and take off your hat so heat can escape your body. Loosen your clothing and elevate your feet. Avoid caffeinated beverages. It is best to drink cool water or a sports beverage like Gatorade for the electrolytes. If you have someone assisting you, try misting your body down with a spray bottle or use a cool, damp cloth over the forehead and fan the body to bring the temperature down.
Heat Exhaustion Treatment
If you are alone, try to call a friend or member of the family to stay with you and monitor your condition. Heat exhaustion may lead to heat stroke that can sometimes be fatal. This is important if you pass out so the person with you can call for emergency assistance. It is always a good idea to keep emergency and family contact numbers handy in case of a situation like this.
Learn to spot the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and you might save a life.
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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