I don't know if you've noticed, but it's really hot outside...
From sunrise to sunset we've got to fight the heat and humidity to get through the day. Whether you are doing yard work or spending the day at the ball park, you are going to get hot early and often during the summer months. You have to take care of your body and take notice of any signs that your body maybe overheating.
Here are a few of the symptoms you should be on the lookout for in the hot summer sun:
First you have to know that there are actually two types of heat exhaustion: water depletion and salt depletion.
One experiences water depletion from exposure to high temperatures and the lack of fluids. Some of the obvious signs of water depletion include weakness, headaches, intense thirst, and sometimes loss of consciousness.
However, with salt depletion, fluids are typically consumed, but not in a way that replaces the salt losses. With salt depletion, symptoms tend to include nausea, dizziness, and muscle cramps.
Some other symptoms that people experience with heat exhaustion:
- Confusion and dizziness
- Dark-colored urine
- Muscle cramps
- Pale skin
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid heartbeat