Health News July 01, 2014

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

The heat of summer can be a dangerous time when the temperatures start to rise. Because of the excessive heat and humidity, it’s harder for the body to cool itself. 

Those 65 and older, children 4 and under, people who are overweight, suffer from a heart disease or other illnesses are at greatest risk for heat related illness. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and the more serious heat stroke.

According to the Centers for Disease Control heat exhaustion can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and not enough fluids. These are the symptoms you need to watch for: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, feeling tired or weak, headache, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and fainting.

If you think you are suffering from heat exhaustion drink cool fluids, preferably water, take a cool shower or bath and rest in an air conditioned room.

If the symptoms of heat exhaustion are not treated it can escalate to the more serious heat stroke.

These are the warning signs of a heat stroke: extremely high body temperature, skin that is red, hot and dry to the touch, but person is not sweating, rapid , strong pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea , confusion, and unconsciousness.

If you recognize any of these signs seek immediate medical attention.