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Heat Exhaustion - Know the Symptoms

If you live in a warm climate, or a place where the summer gets pretty hot and humid, you could be at risk for heat exhaustion if you're not careful. Heat exhaustion can happen after exposure to high temps, which can make you sweat profusely and cause your body to overheat. You're at risk if you are working out in the sun, or in a poorly ventilated hot and humid room.

Here are the symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • cold, clammy skin
  • dilated pupils
  • excessive sweating
  • dizziness, blurred vision, headache, or fainting
  • muscle cramps
  • weakness or fatigue
  • nausea or vomiting
  • signs of shock: rapid pulse, shallow breathing, unconsciousness

What should you do if you or someone you know is suffering from heat exhaustion? To find out

  • Get out of the sun and heat immediately.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Remove excess clothing and loosen anything that is too tight around the neck or waist.
  • Take a cool shower or bath, or find some air-conditioning.
  • Lie on your back with your feet elevated.
  • If the person you are with becomes unconscious, seek medical attention ASAP!

Fit's Tips: To prevent heat exhaustion in the first place, avoid staying outside in extreme temperatures for long periods of time. If you find yourself in the heat, drink tons of cool water and go swimming to keep your body temperature from getting too high. If you love exercising outside in the summer, try working out early in the morning or later in the evening when the air is cooler.

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bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
These are really good tips for the summer - especially if you're outdoors for long periods of time at an outdoor concert or graduation ceremony! I remember my family almost passing out at mine in MA last year ... it was SO hot and there was NO shade!
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 8 years
I can see why she did that.
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