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What is heat exhaustion and how do you treat it?

What is heat exhaustion and how do you treat it?

Dehydration caused: Heat exaustion is caused by water deprivation. The body cannot cool itself by perspiration. Drink plenty of water when it is hot and you are going to engage in strenuous activity. We all should drink at least two quarts per day not exercising or being in the heat. You will need more if excersing, especially in the heat. First axiom of exercising and hydration. Drink before you feel thirsty.

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What is heat exhaustion and how can you treat it?

What is  heat exhaustion and how can you treat it?

Body Overheated: Heat exhaustion can be treated by cooling the patient and rehydrating them, but it is best that they be seen by their doctor to rule out more serious issues. Heat illness can progress very rapidly. If they are unable to hold down any liquids, complain of pain, esp. Headaches, dizziness, appear slow or not "with it", appear flushed, stopped sweating, high temp, etc, go to the er.

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When you feel the heat exhaustion coming on, how to treat it?

Stop activity.: At this point if you continue activity, you will pay. Stop, rest, drink water. Avoid electrolyte solutions with sugar. Douse yourself with cold water!always get hydrated in adnance. Severe heat exhaustion could be a medical emergency. Iv hydration and cooling blankets may be necessary.

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Do I need to go to doctors if I've suffered from heat exhaustion or can it safely be treated from home?

Do I need to go to doctors if I've suffered from heat exhaustion or  can it safely be treated from home?

Best To Be Evaluated: While you can treat heat exhaustion on your own by cooling the patient and rehydrating them, it is best that they be seen by their doctor to rule out more serious issues. Heat illness can progress very rapidly, especially if they are not cooled properly or adequately hydrated. If they are unable to hold down any liquids, complain of pain, esp. Headaches, dizziness, appear slow or not "with it".

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How do I know I have heat exhaustion? And how do I prevent getting heat stroke?

How do I know I have heat exhaustion? And how do I prevent getting heat stroke?

Ask your doctor?: Some medications aggravate heat exposure. Avoid direct sun with exertion since you have a skin condition. See your doctor for breathing problems. Drink water prior to and during exercise. Stop and cool off if you feel weak, have chills, or get dizzy.

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What are signs of heat exhaustion?

What are signs of heat exhaustion?

Many: Fatigue, confusion, dizziness, darker colored urine from dehydration, profuse sweating, rapid heart beat, nausea, muscle cramps, headache & pale skin are common. Dehydration and salt depletion while in the heat is the cause.

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My son has heat exhaustion. Is that something serious?

My son has heat exhaustion. Is that something serious?

Over-heated: Heat exhaustion can become serious if it's untreated. Symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing, and a fast pulse. If not dealt with, and the patient cooled soon, it can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal if not treated.

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What is the definition or description of: heat exhaustion?

What is the definition or description of: heat exhaustion?

Excessive heat: Heat exhaustion is one of the conditions along the spectrum of heat illness. It occurs when the body's core body temperature exceeds 98.6 degrees f, which presents in symptoms such as excessive sweating and fatigue. If left unchecked it can lead to heat stroke, which can be life threatening.

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I suffered from heat exhaustion last summer. What can I do this summer?

I suffered from heat exhaustion last summer. What can I do this summer?

Stay hydrated.: Drink plenty of water when it is hot and you are going to engage in strenuous activity. We all should drink at least two quarts per day not exercising or being in the heat. You will need more if excersing, especially in the heat. First axiom of exercising and hydration. Drink before you feel thirsty. Once deydrated, the GI tract cannot absorb water fast enough!

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If you were to get heat exhaustion in the middle of the night, would you wake up?

If you were to get heat exhaustion in the middle of the night, would you wake up?

Not normal: You shouldn't get heat exhaustion while you are sleeping anyway. Unless you are dehydrated and sleeping in an oven, this shouldn't be much of a concern. Drink some gatorade before bed and turn on a fan. You should be fine.

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Could have the effects of heat exhaustion the day after you were outside in 99 degree heat?

Could have the effects of heat exhaustion the day after you were outside in 99 degree heat?

It sure can...: Depending on the severity of heat exhaustion, your health status, and how quickly you get intervention, the effect may last for several days. Mild exhaustion gets better fast with simply staying in cooler area and replace the fluid lost. Severe case may need hospital care/iv fluid and/or medications. Older folks with medical problems are more prone to heat exhaustion. Consult doc. Good luck.

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How can I avoid heat exhaustion?

How can I avoid heat exhaustion?

Water: Wear a hat, take frequent breaks and drink lots and lots of water. Rehydration with fluids is the key.

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Do I have heat exhaustion or stroke?

Depends... : Depends on your symptoms and circumstances. If you have heat exhaustion go to the er.

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Heat exhaustion vs sun stroke. Which is worse?

Heat exhaustion vs sun stroke. Which is worse?

Heat stroke: Heat stroke is the medical term for the condition that follows and is more severe than heat exhaustion. Generally the temperature is 104 degrees or more in heat stroke. Untreated heat exhaustion may progress to heat stroke. Untreated heat stroke may progress to death.

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What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion in an elderly person?

What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion in an elderly person?

Heat related illness: They can range from mild symptoms such as fatigue and lightheadedness to heat cramps. More serious is heat stroke which can be fatal. It is characterized by a fever of 105 degrees, convulsions, stupor, stroke like symptoms.

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Is heat exhaustion when you don't have enough sweat to cool you?

Basically yes.: Heat exhaustion occurs when a person exercises or works in a hot environment and sweating cannot dissipate the heat generated within the body. Often dehydration occurs because the person hasn't replaced the water lost by sweating.