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What is Heat Exhaustion?

heat exhaustionSummer is here and so are higher temperatures; these high temperatures can lead to heat exhaustion. Heat Exhaustion is a condition that affects our body’s ability to regulate its internal temperature, leading to overheating.

Common Symptoms:

Some common symptoms of Heat Exhaustion noted from the Mayo Clinic include cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat, heavy sweating, feeling faint, dizzy, fatigue, weak, or having a rapid pulse, low blood pressure upon standing, or even muscle cramps, nausea, or suffering a headache.

Helpful Prevention Tips:

  • Be sure to hydrate

When you hydrate, you are taking in the fluids your body needs to maintain its body temperature, and sweat. When we do not sweat, it affects the way our body regulates its temperature.

  • Dress Appropriately

Wearing loose, flowy, fitting clothes can help allow the body to cool properly.  

  • Wear Sunscreen

Sunburn can impact the way our bodies cool itself. Wearing sun block can help aid our bodies to cool properly when outside. The CDC recommends that we wear at least an SPF of 15.

  • Plan Ahead

If you know you are going to be spending the day outdoors on a hot day, dress appropriately in advance, hydrate before, during, and after the activity, and wear sun block. It will be smart to bring water with you and keep sun block in your car or purse just so it is always handy!

How HRUC Can Help

If you believe you are suffering from heat exhaustion, go into a cooler place, drink fluids, and rest. If symptoms do not seem to improve in an hour, call your doctor or seek medical care. Know that Hampton Roads Urgent Care serves as a resource to the Hampton Roads community. If you happen to be near our clinic, and suffering from the symptoms noted about, know that we are here and can help in providing you with quality compassionate care, with no appointment necessary, and walk ins always welcome.

If someone can’t keep fluid downs or loses consciousness, be sure to seek IMMEDIATE medical attention.

For more information, visit: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-exhaustion/symptoms-causes/syc-20373250

 

2018-06-07T14:41:28+00:00June 25th, 2018|Blog|