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Heat Exhaustion

What is Heat Exhaustion? Heat Exhaustion, also known as sunstroke, is a serious problem.
What are the signs and symptoms of Heat Exhaustion?

  • Body temperature reaching more than 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Flushed (red) and very dry skin, or sweaty and cold, clammy skin.
  • Headache, loss of consciousness (passing out), confusion, or trouble staying awake.
  • Irregular or fast breathing, fast or pounding heartbeat, and low blood pressure.
  • Muscle weakness and twitching, or a feeling of pins and needles on the skin.
  • Nausea (upset stomach), vomiting, or abdominal (stomach) cramps.
  • Seizures (convulsions) or coma.

What should I do if I think someone is having Heat Exhaustion?

  • Move the person with heatstroke to a cool, shaded area and turn him on his side.
  • Bring the person to the nearest Emergency Department.  In an emergency  call 911
  • Apply ice packs on the neck, armpits, and groin.
  • Drink lots of liquids, such as water, fruit juices. Avoid alcohol !!!
  • Eat salty foods, such as celery, saltine crackers, or pretzels.
  • Limit your activities and strenuous exercises during the hottest time of the day.
  • Never leave children or pets alone inside cars, especially during hot weather.
  • Use air conditioners or fans, and have enough proper ventilation.
  • Wear lightweight, loose, and light-colored clothing. Protect your head and neck with a hat or umbrella when you are outdoors.

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