Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the signs of heat exhaustion in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Heat exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can occur after youve been exposed to high temperatures, and it often is accompanied by dehydration.

Although heat exhaustion isnt as serious as heat stroke, it isnt something to be taken lightly. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death.

Be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion:

Heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness or fainting

Fast, shallow breathing and

A weak pulse that is faster than normal

If any of these symptoms are present, its essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest. If you cant get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place. Seek medical help if symptoms are severe.

To stay safe in the heat:

Stay indoors as much as possible in the middle of the day

Drink water regularly, especially when you are outdoors

Wear a hat to protect your head, face and neck

Avoid strenuous activity outdoors

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.