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Beat The Heat This Summer: Spotting The Signs of Heat Exhaustion


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While the summer is a great time to get out of the house and enjoy the warm weather and fresh air, it’s important to stay safe while doing so.

For seniors and young children, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be a serious hazard during the summer months. In a study conducted by the CDC between the years of 1999-2010, 94 percent of deaths were caused by heat-related illness occurred during the months of May to September.

The most common heat-related illness is heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion happens when your body cannot properly regulate its core-temperature. Environmental heat combined with harsh humidity or strenuous exercise can cause heat exhaustion, and if left untreated can lead to a heat stroke.

With heat-related illnesses being so common during the next few months, it’s incredibly important to be able to recognize the signs of heat-exhaustion.

Common signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Excessive sweating
  • Weak pulse
  • Cool, clammy skin & goosebumps
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Fatigue

If you think that you are suffering from heat-exhaustion

  • Stop all activity and rest
  • Move to somewhere that’s cool, preferably indoors
  • Hydrate with water or sports drinks

If these symptoms worsen, or do not improve within one hour, contact your doctor immediately. If you are with someone exhibiting the signs of heat-exhaustion, seek medical attention if they become visibly confused or agitated, lose consciousness or are unable to drink.

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