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With August being the hottest month of the year, there is typically an increase in heat related illnesses. When a person has had several days of exposure to high temperatures without an adequate replacement of fluids they can develop a condition called heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion occurs as the body’s response to an extreme loss of water and salt, and is accompanied by dehydration more often than not. The following signs and symptoms are common of someone experiencing heat exhaustion:
- Muscle cramps
- Weakness or fatigue
- Confusion or dizziness
- Clammy Skin
- Elevated temperature
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pale skin
- Rapid heartbeat
- Profuse sweating
If you are experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion it is important to get out of the sun immediately, get into an air conditioned environment, rest, and quickly hydrate and replenish your body with electrolytes.
If symptoms get worse or persist for over an hour, seek immediate medical attention. If left untreated, heat exhaustion may lead to heat stroke which is the most serious form of heat-related illness and can lead to death.
While those who are elderly, work in hot environment, or have high blood pressure or heart problems are the most prone to heat exhaustion, it can happen to anyone. The Florida attorneys at Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter would like to remind everyone to keep hydrated to prevent the occurrence of heat-related illnesses while having fun in the sun this summer!