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Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms & First Aid

For many of us summertime means long hot days, picnics, walks, the beach and taking a break from the indoors. But for some being in direct sunlight or heavily heated conditions this may pose a hazard of heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.

Individuals with high blood pressure or some heart conditions and people who take diuretics may be more sensitive to heat exposure. There are several reasons that senior adults are more prone to heat related illnesses than younger adults. Some of the reasons are; not adjusting well to changes in temperature, more chronic medical conditions, more likely to take medicine that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature.

Watch for these symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:

  • Pale, clammy or flushed

  • Sweaty

  • Weak or tired

  • Dry mouth, thirsty

  • Light headed or dizzy

  • Muscle cramping

  • Headache

  • Increased body temperature

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Fainting

Heat stroke is more serious and can cause death or permanent disability. Watch for these symptoms of Heat Stroke and seek emergency assistance immediately:

  • Mental confusion, delirium

  • Seizures or fainting

  • Hot dry skin red or bluish

  • No sweating

  • Fast pulse with deep breathing then shallow breaths and weak pulse

  • Dizzy

  • Body temperature of 104 or higher

First Aid for heat related stress:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking cool water or electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade or other sports drinks. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as well as extremely cold liquids.

  • Move out of the sun into a shady or air conditioned area and rest in a cool place.

  • Lay down and elevate the legs and feet higher than the head.

  • Loosen clothing.

  • Spray or sponge with cool water or soak towels in cool water and wrap around the body. Fan vigorously.

  • Put ice pack on the neck, under the arms and on the groin area.

  • Seek medical assistance.

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