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Health and Fitness News

Are You Overheated?

What you need to know to avoid heat exhaustion this summer.

It’s hot and humid outside, you’re exercising, and you haven’t had much water to drink. In essence, you’re following the textbook recipe for heat exhaustion. You may want to change your ways though, considering that hundreds of people die each year due to heat-related causes and all of them are preventable.

There are three types of heat-related illnesses: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion falls in the middle of the dangerous scale, with heat cramps the most mild and heat stroke the most severe.

Read on to learn the symptoms of heat exhaustion, how to treat it, and ways to prevent heat-related illnesses in the future.

Fast Pulse and Super Sweaty

Over-exerting yourself in the heat is risky. When you’re working in the yard or exercising in warm temperatures, be aware of how you feel. Heat exhaustion may come on slowly or suddenly.

The two most common symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating and a rapid, weak pulse. Other symptoms include dizziness or fainting; fatigue; cool, moist skin and goose bumps even though you’re hot; muscle cramps; rapid, shallow breathing; confusion; pale skin; headache; and nausea or vomiting.

Dehydration or Salt Depletion

There are several causes of heat exhaustion. It may develop because you’re dehydrated and haven’t drunk enough fluids to cool your body in the heat. Or maybe your body is deficient of salt and your electrolytes are out of balance. It can also be the case that you’ve drunk too much alcohol or you’re overdressed so your body can’t cool itself down.

Whatever the cause, you’re most at risk for heat exhaustion when you’re doing some form of exercise in hot, humid weather. When exposed to extreme temperatures (either hot or cold), your body has to work hard to maintain its internal core temperature of roughly 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When it’s hot, your body sweats to cool itself. As the water evaporates off your skin, it helps cool your body. Extreme heat makes it difficult for your body to adequately cool itself.

At first, heat cramps (cramps, sweating, thirst, and fatigue) may develop. Unless you treat heat cramps with hydration, cooler temperatures, and rest, then heat exhaustion may set in.

Get Help Fast

If heat exhaustion isn’t treated promptly, heat stroke may occur. Heat stroke is a much more serious condition that can cause brain damage and even death. For this reason, it’s vital to treat heat-related illness as soon as possible.

At the first sign of heat cramps or exhaustion, stop what you’re doing and sit down to rest in a cool place. Take off extra clothing and drink plenty of water or sports drink. If after an hour of rest your symptoms haven’t improved or are worsening, seek medical care immediately. Call 911 if someone has heat exhaustion accompanied by confusion, agitation, or loss of consciousness.

Avoiding Heat Exhaustion

Scary as they can be, heat-related illnesses are largely preventable. Stay indoors where it’s cool and avoid strenuous activity outside when the heat index is high. Never leave children unattended in a car. Check on shut-ins and the elderly in hot weather.

If you have to be outdoors in the heat, wear lightweight clothing and a hat. Drink plenty of water or sports drink throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Don’t drink caffeine or alcohol, as both of these increase your risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion. Since sunburn can hinder your body’s ability to cool itself, apply sunscreen. Take extra precautions in the heat if you have a health condition or you’re on medication that increases your risk for heat-related illness.

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