A Guide to Heat Exhaustion

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Oct 19
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If you’re showing signs of heat exhaustion, you need to get your body to cool down. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include

  • Headaches
  • Cramps
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Fast heart rate
  • Nausea
  • High temperature
  • Excessive sweating
  • Increased thirst

How to Cool Down

To cool down, you need to follow these four simple steps:

  1. Move to a cool place.
  2. Lie down and raise your feet slightly.
  3. Drink plenty of water. Sports or rehydration drinks work, too.
  4. Cool your skin - spray or sponge yourself with cool water and a fan. Cold packs around the armpits or the neck can also do the trick.

Once you’re done with the four steps, you should start to cool down and feel better. It may take around 30 minutes.

Prevent Heat Exhaustion

Plenty of ways to prevent heat exhaustion. Some of them are as follows:

  • Drink plenty of cold drinks.
  • Take cool baths or showers.
  • Wear light-colored, loose clothing.
  • Sprinkle water over your skin or clothes.
  • Avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Avoid having excessive amounts of alcohol.

Treating Heat Exhaustion

In most people, symptoms of heat exhaustion will start to improve within about 30 minutes if you’ve taken all the necessary first steps.

However, if symptoms still persist, contact your nearest Heal360 clinic. A doctor will treat heat exhaustion with intravenous (IV) fluids and electrolytes for quick rehydration. Book an appointment or head to your closest Heal360 clinic.