Heat Exhaustion – Beware

Beach flag warningBeware of Heat Exhaustion.

As the weather gets hotter, you need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, especially in the young, elderly and vulnerable.

With the outdoor temperature starting to rise it’s important that you take care of yourself.

You need to be aware of any changes in how your body reacts to the heat.

Attending outdoor events and festivals such as Glastonbury, means you’re exposed to hours of direct sun and heat.

This is when you need to be most aware of heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is when your body’s core temperature rises from the normal 37°C to 40°C

Your water and salt levels in begin to drop significantly.

You will have symptoms like nausea, feeling faint and profuse sweating.

Untreated, you can quickly become a casualty of Heat Stroke, this is a medical emergency and life threatening.

Things you must watch out for with Heat Exhaustion

  • Skin that is hot and flushed
  • Heavy sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Mental confusion
  • Urinating less frequently
  • Urine is much darker colour than usual

What can you do?

  • Rest out of the sun – ideally in an air-conditioned room or shady area
  • Drink plenty of fluids, water or sport re-hydration drinks
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine products – coffee, tea, cola drinks, Red Bull (these dehydrate you more)
  • Cool the skin with cold water – cold shower or bath
  • Cover with wet towels and use a fan to create evaporation
  • Loosen and remove unnecessary clothing
  • Give them plenty of air

Watch out for changes that could indicate Heat Stroke

 

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