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Heat Exhaustion

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Heat Exhaustion

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With the lack of water in Colorado this summer, it’s expected to be a hot and dry one. A summer to be careful when dealing with the heat. And with excessive heat comes the increased risk for heat exhaustion. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, so you don’t fall victim to it. It can be prevented.

 

Heat exhaustion is a condition where your body overheats. Symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse. It’s one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe.

 

Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures and often strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition.

 

What are the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion?

 

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion may develop suddenly or over time, especially with prolonged periods of exercise and can include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Cool, moist skin with goosebumps when in the heat
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure upon standing

 

At What Point Do You Call Your Doctor?

If you think you’re experiencing heat exhaustion:

  • Stop activity
  • Move to a cooler place
  • Drink cool water or sports drinks

 

Contact your doctor if your signs or symptoms if they don’t improve within one hour or if they worsen. If you are with someone showing signs of heat exhaustion, seek immediate medical attention if he or she becomes confused or agitated, loses consciousness, or is unable to drink.

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