With the upcoming hot weather this week, people need to put on their sunscreen and remember to listen to their bodies as heat exhaustion can cause a variety of ailments to the body.  

"Heat exhaustion occurs before heat stroke and occurs due to excessive fluid loss or prolonged sweating in a hot environment" Shane Payton the Acting Public Education Officer for AHS says. 

Common signs of heat exhaustion include excessive sweating, nausea, and muscle cramps, while some symptoms of heat stroke include throbbing headaches, a rapid pulse, and loss of consciousness. 

If you're experiencing heat exhaustion, you should move to a cooler area, take a cold shower and drink plenty of water. 

"Other treatments include removing the patient from the hot environment, removing tight fitting clothing, and providing fluids such as tomato or orange juice to get them re-hydrated" Payton says. 

Heat stroke is the second stage of heat exhaustion and can be fatal. It occurs when the body's cooling mechanisms have been overcome and can no longer cool itself.

AHS states, skin will become flushed, dry and hot to the touch, disorientated, and may lose consciousness with heat stroke.

Tips to help reduce the chance of experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke include:

  •  Rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day
  •  Take frequent breaks out of the heat in cooled, indoor areas
  •  Avoid alcohol and caffeine and concentrate on drinking water and other fluids to stay hydrated

As we head into the warmer weather a reminder to make sure to never leave animals or children inside a closed vehicle for any period of time as this will amplify the heat.  

If you have multiple signs of heat stroke you are encouraged to call 9-1-1.  

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