Heat exhaustion is a condition that can develop when a person has been exposed to heat for an extended period. If you or someone around you is suffering from signs of heat exhaustion, it should always be treated as a medical emergency. Here is a guide to what everybody needs to know about heat exhaustion and what to do when it happens.
How does heat exhaustion happen?
Normally, your body is able to protect you from the heat through sweating. When the weather is humid as well as hot, however, it’s harder for you to sweat and it’s easier for you to become overheated. Engaging in strenuous activity can increase your chances of heat exhaustion. Infants and older people are at higher risk of heat exhaustion because it’s harder for their bodies to regulate their internal temperatures.
What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion?
People who are experiencing heat exhaustion may find themselves feeling suddenly dizzy, faint, or unusually fatigued. They may also find themselves having muscle cramps or a severe headache. When they urinate, they may notice that the urine is dark-colored—which is a warning sign of dehydration. If a person with heat exhaustion stops sweating, has trouble breathing, or shows high temperatures, it means that their condition may have progressed to heatstroke, which is a life-threatening emergency situation.
How can heat exhaustion be treated?
The immediate treatment for heat exhaustion is to get the person out of the heat and help their body cool down. Applying wet towels, drinking water or sports drinks, and taking off unneeded clothing can all help with this process. Make sure to drink any liquids slowly, and avoid caffeinated drinks. If a person’s symptoms do not improve within a half-hour, or if the symptoms worsen, it’s time to seek emergency medical treatment.
Paramount Urgent Care is here to provide reliable emergency care services to the Central Florida community, including all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Walk-ins are always welcome, and we accept most forms of insurance. For more information about the medical services we offer our patients, please visit our contact us page or call 352-674-9218.