With August here, the weather is only getting hotter and more humid is rising and this makes for us to feel more miserable.
So it’s important to know how to be cautious with this H-town weather…
You might have kids who want to take advantage of the outdoors before school starts up and maybe adults jogging or enjoying the outdoors too, but either way, you need to read about heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion is considered a heat-related illness that is caused by exposure to high temperatures and dehydration.
There are two types of heat exhaustion:
- Water depletion. Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.
- Salt depletion. Signs include nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps and dizziness
Heat exhaustion isn’t as severe as heat stroke, but heat exhaustion isn’t to be taken lightly.
So it’s important to treat yourself or others once it’s determined that you have heat exhaustion, the heat strong, dangerous.
Heat stroke is an emergency, something to call 911 for because a heat stroke can damage the brain.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
- Dark-colored urine (sign of dehydration)
- Muscle or abdominal cramps
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Pale skin
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
How to treat heat exhaustion-
Immediately get out of the heat and into somewhere with air-condition and rest. You need shady and cool place if an a/c isn’t possible.
They also have these as recommended strategies:
- Drink plenty of fluid (AVOID caffeine and alcohol- they will dehydrate you more)
- Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing
- Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath
- Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels
If these don’t provide relief within 15 minutes, seek emergency medical help, 911!
If left untreated than it can turn into a heat stroke.
*** After you have recovered from your heat exhaustion, it’s important to tread lightly. You need to not be in hot weather or do any strenuous workouts… it might take up to a week for your body to be fully recovered.
Here is the risk factors for heat exhaustion:
Heat Exhaustion is related to the HEAT INDEX! This is measured by how hot you feel when relative humidity and air teams are combined. A relative humidity of 60% or more hampers sweat evaporation, which will hi under your body’s ability to cool itself down.
It’s important to read the risks.
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