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Preventing & Detecting Heat Exhaustion

Signs of Heat ExhaustionSummer provides ample opportunity for fun in the sun. At the same time, it’s also the prime season for heat exhaustion, especially in regions that have high humidity. To keep your child, and yourself, safe, here are some tips to detect and prevent this dangerous condition.

What Is Heat Exhaustion?

The result of your body overheating, heat exhaustion can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms, including cramping, heavy sweating, and rapid pulse. If left untreated, however, things can get more serious. Once the body’s temperature reaches 104 degrees or higher, heatstroke may occur. When this happens, a person can suffer permanent damage to the brain and other vital organs.

What Are the Signs?

When someone begins to experience heat exhaustion, he or she may demonstrate the following symptoms:

  • Moist, cool skin with goosebumps when in the heat
  • Profuse sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Faintness
  • Fatigue
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid or weak pulse
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headache
  • Nausea

Taking Precautions

There are a number of ways you can reduce the risk of heat exhaustion:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Seek shade or an air-conditioned building
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages in the heat
  • Wear loose clothing made of natural fibers that can wick away sweat
  • Avoid being outside during mid-day heat
  • Don’t exercise in especially hot weather
  • Ask your pharmacist whether certain medications might make you more susceptible to heat exhaustion

Staying Hydrated

To avoid heat exhaustion, it’s especially important to stay hydrated. Avoid sugary sodas that contain caffeine, a diuretic that can actually promote dehydration. You should also limit your consumption of sports drinks, which often contain astounding amounts of sugar. Above all, drink water to stay hydrated. Try Pelican’s H2Go Infuser bottle, a portable, BPA-free glass container that lets you infuse water with the taste of your favorite fruit. It’s a tasty way to beat the heat!

Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.

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