Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion – Need to Know – Life Savers ER Heights

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion – Need to Know – Life Savers ER Heights

You might not realize it right now, but your body is working hard to keep itself at a healthy temperature; warm enough to stave off infections that may be trying to invade your body but cool enough so that your metabolism is supported.

When the weather is ‘hot’ outside, you need to stay safe so you can keep your temperature stable so you can remain healthy. Remember, hot weather is not only uncomfortable, but it can be hazardous. If you feel like you might be suffering from a heat stroke, please go immediately to the Emergency Room in Houston, TX 77018.

There are more than 200 who die across the United States because of their exposure to the hot summer temperatures each year.

If you have stopped exercising but still keep sweating, there is your sign that you need to get out of the heat and do it now.

Heat exhaustion

Developing heat exhaustion leads one into a more severe condition called heatstroke and is caused by nothing other than your body overheating.

Some symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Rapid pulse
  • Fatigue
  • Moist skin with goosebumps and the skin is cool while in a warm environment
  • Heavy sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

If these symptoms show up, you need to get yourself out of the heat as soon as possible and rest. Drink water or a sports drink. Try taking a shower to cool down, put cold towels on your skin, or soak in a tub of cool water. Loosen up your clothes and take off any clothing you don’t need or any tight clothing.

Heatstroke

Heatstroke is more serious and requires immediate medical attention as it can cause long term damage to your body. If you have developed heatstroke go immediately to the ER in Houston, TX, 77018.

Some symptoms of heatstroke:

  • Blurred, double vision
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • A headache
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Dry, hot, flushed skin
  • High body temperature, but no sweating
  • Unconsciousness and delirium can occur as the condition progresses

Take the person’s clothes off and then sponge them with cool water or set them in a cool bath. Keep this up until the temperature lowers significantly. Never give water or any fluids to someone who is not conscious.

You do not have to be doing anything strenuous when you go outside to fall into heat exhaustion or have a heat stroke.

Preventing heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

If you are in an unventilated room where it is really hot, it can be enough to cause the same conditions because the temperature in a room like this can be much hotter than it is outside. Older people, our seniors, and children are more susceptible to this situation.

Being in a hot, unventilated room is enough to trigger these conditions, as the temperature can be even hotter than outside. Children and older people are especially vulnerable.

Most people cannot recover very quickly from a heatstroke. The key to helping them is getting the body temperature lowered, the body’s heat regulatory system can get out of whack, and it will take a long time to recover.

A few more tips:

  • Drink lots of water although you may not feel thirsty, and understand that water is not enough. If you are out playing sports or working in the heat – you might need to think about a sports drink that can replace electrolytes and salt that are in your bloodstream.
  • NEVER leave ANYONE in a parked vehicle – not a pet, adult, or a child. Even if it is an 88-degrees outside, the inside of your vehicle can get to temperatures over 100 degrees in a very short amount of time.
  • On the scorching days, reduce or do not practice any outdoor physical activities.
  • Keep out of the sun’s rays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the suns rays are the strongest.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes in light colors that are reflective and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Set your home’s thermostat to somewhere between 75-80. If you do not have air conditioning, go to a local cooling center, a movie theater, or a mall.
  • Do NOT drink caffeine or alcohol as they are diuretics.
  • Check on those who live around you. Those who are young, sick, elderly may be at a higher risk during hot weather.
  • Wear your sunscreen with at least SPF 15 if you must go outside in the sun and make sure you reapply it often.
  • DO NOT forget about your pets at home. They need to have lots of fresh water, and somewhere they can be cool to wait out in this hot sweltering heat.