When the Sun is Out, the Heat is On
You see it every once in a while on the news that a football player, often a school-age child, falls out due to heat exhaustion on the field. But, it’s not just limited to sports. Simply being in the sun too long – beach, walks, jogs, shopping…anything! – can zap your strength, dehydrate you and send your body into a dangerous heat-caused disorder.
Heat exhaustion usually comes on suddenly and can lead to a potentially life-threatening heatstroke if care isn’t taken immediately. Remember that hydration is the key to staying up when the heat wants to knock you down.
Common Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
- Nausea (possibly accompanied by vomiting)
- Profuse sweating
- Clammy skin
- Weak, rapid pulse
- Face discoloration
- Muscle cramps
Heat exhaustion requires immediate action.
If you suspect that you or someone else has suffered from heat exhaustion, act fast to avoid further health complications and the potential for a heatstroke. Make a note of the following steps and you may save a life, possibly your own.
- Move the affected person into the shade or inside, out of the heat.
- Lay the person down and elevate their legs.
- Loosen tight clothing to prevent any unnecessary discomfort and to help lower their body temperature.
- Give the person a cold drink, preferably water.
- Keep tabs on the person to make sure they are comfortable and relaxed.
As always at the onset of any health emergency, call 911 first and then perform first aid while the medical professionals are on the way. For more heat exhaustion first aid tips, or to speak with one of our doctors here at Physician Partners of America, contact us today.