Published on June 23rd, 2017 | by abarries
What is Heat Exhaustion and How to Care for it
The basic heat exhaustion signs:
- heavy sweating
- feeling week and confused
- cold, clammy skin
- fast, weak heartbeat
If not treated, it can turn into heatstroke:
Heat stroke is an emergency condition where the body’s core temperature is markedly elevated (depending on who provides the definition, about 104 F [40 C] or above in adults and 105 F or 40.5 C in children) after being exposed to high environmental temperatures combined with neurological symptoms and loss of body thermal auto regulation (ability of the brain to control the body temperature).
The elderly, pregnant females, and young children are at higher risk for heat stroke; their bodies do not cool as well as adults with no health problems). Some health-care professionals further subdivide heat strokes into exertion and non-exertion, but both have similar symptoms and treatments. Heat stroke has also been termed sunstroke and hypothermia; heat stroke is a medical emergency.
Animals (dogs and cats, for example) can suffer heat stroke; symptoms of excessive panting and lethargy or unresponsiveness are usually diagnostic. The animal’s Vet should be notified immediately; the treatments and outcomes are similar to those described below for humans.
How to treat heat exhaustion?
- get out of the heat asap
- loosen your clothing
- drink cool water
- put cool, wet clothes on your skin
- take a cool shower bath, or sponge bath
If you do not feel better in 30min, consult with a doctor
Most importantly, how to prevent it from happening?
- stay inside if it’s too hot
- wear light, loose clothing and sunscreen
- drink plenty of water