By Brandi Monasco
Summer is right around the corner and in many places such as Texas and other southern states, the temperature has already begun to rise. It is getting hotter and many people work outside in the heat.
If you are one of those people, you need to make sure that you take certain precautions to ensure that you are not affected by heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion occurs when your body becomes too hot and starts overheating. Normally your body controls its core temperature and cools you off by sweating. When you are exposed to high temperatures for a long period of time, such as working outdoors during the heat of the summer, your body is not able to replace the fluids that your body loses and it is not able to cool itself off.
This then causes your body to produce more heat, causing you to have symptoms of heat exhaustion. If heat exhaustion is not immediately taken care of, it can lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening.
However, people working outdoors are not the only ones that can suffer from heat exhaustion. Others that are at risk of developing heat exhaustion include:
Symptoms of heat exhaustion:
If you have factors that can put you at risk for heat exhaustion, or if you are planning on working in the heat, there are a few precautions you can take to prevent heat exhaustion:
If you think that you or someone else is suffering from heat exhaustion, take these steps to ensure that you or the person cools down and lowers their risk for a heat stroke:
Remember that the key to recovery from heat exhaustion is to take action immediately as soon as you feel or see symptoms starting. The earlier that you or the person is removed from the heat and placed in a cool environment and cooling and hydration begins, the lower the risk of a heat stroke become.
Source: The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies. (2009). New York, NY: Rodale.
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