Good Morning and Happy Monday!
As we progress into this hot and humid summer, I thought I’d share some tips and information on the very real threat of heat exhaustion, which I experienced this weekend while attempting to mow my lawn. Not fun!
What causes heat exhaustion and heatstroke?
As the air temperature rises, your body
stays cool when your sweat evaporates. On hot, humid days, the evaporation of sweat is slowed by the increased moisture in the air. When sweating isn’t enough to cool your body, your body temperature rises, and you may become ill.
What is heat exhaustion?
Heat exhaustion happens when your body gets too hot. It can be caused by physical exercise or hot weather. You may experience:
- Heavy sweating
- Feeling weak and/or confused
- Fast heartbeat
What should I do if I think I have heat exhaustion?
Get out of the heat quickly. Rest in a building that has air-conditioning. If you can’t get inside, find a cool, shady place. Drink plenty of water. Do NOT drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks (such as soda). These can make heat exhaustion worse. Take a cool shower or bath, or apply cool water to your skin. Take off any tight or unnecessary clothing. If you do not feel better within 30 minutes, you should contact your doctor. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can progress to heatstroke.
What is heatstroke?
Heatstroke is when the internal temperature of the body reaches 104°F. Heatstroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. Heatstroke can cause damage to your organs and brain. In extreme cases, it can kill you.
For more information on the dangers of heat stroke, Click Here.