HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEATSTROKE

HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEATSTROKE

–Check for signs of Heat Exhaustion-

The signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke include:

-Headache
-Dizziness and Confusion
-Loss of appetite and feeling sick
-Excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
-Cramps in the arms, legs, and stomach
-Fast breathing or pulse
-The temperature of 38C or above
-Being very thirsty

The symptoms are often the same in adults and children, although children may become floppy and sleepy.

If someone is showing signs of heat exhaustion they need to be cooled down.

–Things you can do to cool someone down–

-Move them to a cool place.
-Get them to lie down and raise their feet slightly.
-Get them to drink plenty of water.
-Cool their skin – spray or sponge them with cool water and fan them. Cold packs around the armpits or neck are good too.
-Stay with them until they are better.
They should start to cool down and feel better within 30 minutes.

–Preventing heat exhaustion and heatstroke–

There is a high risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke during hot weather or exercise.

To help prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

-Drink plenty of cold drinks, especially when exercising
-Take cool baths or showers
-Wear light-colored, loose clothing
-Sprinkle water over skin or clothes
-Avoid the sun between 11 am and 3 pm
-Avoid excess alcohol
-Avoid extreme exercise

This will also prevent dehydration and help your body keep itself cool.

Dr. Saira Aamir
General Practitioner

Angel Wings Medical Centre

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