Treat Heat Exhaustion

  • Heat exhaustion is a condition that can become deadly if left untreated.
  • Stay away from alcohol. It dehydrates.
  • Do not drink caffeine in very hot conditions. It can make you lose fluids through increased metabolism and sweat.
  • Get used to the conditions slowly. If you do not go out daily, do not go out all day on the weekend and expect to not experience adverse effects. Do a little at a time.
  • Carry drinks that contain much needed electrolytes and potassium when you know you will be outside. Sports drinks are good.
  • Make sure infants have drinks that are specially formulated to replace electrolytes.
  • Drink a lot of water. This is crucial.
  • Take a little sun at a time. Take breaks every half hour or more if needed.
  • Try to go out earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon. Avoid midday.
  • If you get too hot, pour water over yourself, or soak a towel in water and put it on your head.
  • Slow down in the heat,
  • Wear a hat and fabric that breathes, like cotton/polyester blend, which tend to breathe better than cotton.
  • Wear colors that are lighter and reflect the sun. Dark colors absorb.
  • If you play sports, be sure to re-hydrate daily.
  • If your shirt gets covered in sweat, remove it. Make sure when you know you will be in the sun that you carry an extra. Dried sweat will impair the breathing quality of the shirt.
  • Use anything to fan yourself.
  • Do not smoke. It is a vessel constrictor and will reduce the body’s ability to adjust to the heat.
  • If you get dizzy or feel you or someone with you may be suffering from heatstroke get out of the sun immediately.
  • Get into some air-conditioning.
  • Force fluids if you have to.
  • Splash water, especially over the head.
  • Get a shirt, towel, or other absorbent material wet, and pat down yourself or the victim.
  • Get to a doctor if recovery is not immediate. Heatstroke can be deadly.
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