Heat Exhaustion: One Step Closer To A Very Serious Situation

Heat exhaustion is one of three classifications of heat emergencies. It is not as serious as heat stroke, but can lead to it if not dealt with properly.

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Sweating.
  • Tired.
  • Irritable.
  • Thirsty.
  • Lethargy.
  • Slight headache.
  • Nausea.
  • Dizziness or weakness.
  • May have slightly elevated body temperature.

First Aid for Heat Exhaustion

  • Remove from source of heat.
  • Slowly rehydrate by drinking water, juice, or sport drinks.
  • Rest is very important to prevent a re-occurrence.
  • Remove sweaty clothing.
  • Fan or gently cool the skin with cool towels or ice packs.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeinated and/or carbonated drinks as they will only make the condition worse by promoting dehydration.
  • If vomiting occurs you should activate EMS.
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