Heat Exhaustion – A Real Possibility in Florida

June 3, 2017
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When the we are physically active in high temperatures, it’s easy to become overheated.Our bodies sweat to keep our core temperature from rising to dangerous levels.

Sometimes, however, we can’t sweat fast enough. This might be caused by hot, humid temperatures, dehydration, wearing too much clothing for conditions, or as a side-effect from alcohol or prescription drug use.
Any elevated temperatures puts us at risk, but any time the heat index reaches over 90 degrees, the risks for heat-related illness increases dramatically.

When we begin to get too warm, our blood rushes to our skin to cool us, taking blood away from our brain, muscles, and organs. This can leave us feeling faint and disoriented, some early warning signs of heat-related illness.

 

Common symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

• Feeling faint or confused
• Fatigue
• Nausea
• Muscle cramps
• Excessive sweating
• Headache
• Dark-colored urine
• A drop in blood pressure
• A low-grade fever

Certain groups are more susceptible to heat exhaustion:

• Overweight individuals
• Those with certain health conditions, or with weakened immune systems
• The very young or the very old
• Those taking certain medications
• Individuals who work in the heat all day – such as on construction sites or in hot factories

Most heat exhaustion can be handled without seeking medical attention, if caught early and if symptoms are addressed.

 

Remedies for heat exhaustion include:

• Move to shade or an air-conditioned location
• Apply a cool compress or ice pack to the back of the neck, under the arms, or behind the knees
• Run cool water over the body
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Rest with feet elevated above heart level
• Remove excess clothing

Most people recover quickly and completely from heat exhaustion, however, if symptoms do not improve within 15 minutes of administering treatment, seek Quick Care Med’s assistance, as the you might be experiencing a heat stroke.
Heat stroke is a serious medical condition in which the body’s core temperature reaches an excess of 103 degrees. Heat stroke can result in permanent brain or organ damage if not treated immediately. Those who have suffered from a heat-related illness will likely be more susceptible to high temperatures for about a week, so it is important to stay hydrated and avoid heat as much as possible during that time.

Anyone can experience heat exhaustion, so symptoms should not be ignored. If you are in doubt whether you are experiencing heat exhaustion or a heat stroke, visit your closest Quick Care Med.

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