Heat Exhaustion: Keeping your family cool this summer

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Aug 8, 2013 10:00:00 AM

 

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 dizzinessCareSync
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
If you begin to notice the signs of heat exhaustion, it's important to get out of the sun and heat, and find a place to rest.  While heat exhaustion isn't as serious as heat stroke, not allowing yourself to recover can lead to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other organs, and potentially death. 
So drink some water, take a cool shower, and stay inside in the air conditioning until you're feeling better.  Track your symptoms in your CareSync account, and call your provider if you're not feeling back to normal in about 30 minutes.
Stay cool!

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