Know the Signs of Heat Illness This Summer

In honor of the official first day of summer, here are some tips on recognizing and treating the symptoms of heat-related illness:

Heat exhaustion symptoms:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

What you should do in case of heat exhaustion:

  • Move to a cooler location.
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
  • Sip water.
  • If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.

Heat stroke symptoms:

  • High body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

What you should do in case of heat stroke:

  • Call 911 immediately – this is a medical emergency.
  • Move the person to a cooler environment.
  • Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
  • Do NOT give fluids.

In case you missed it, click here to read last week’s blog post about swimming and diving safety this summer.

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

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