Learn How to Identify the Signs of Heat Exhaustion

heat-exhaustionSummer in Florida means theme parks, days at the beach, and lots of fun in the sun. However, it’s important to remember that temperatures in the Sunshine State can often reach one hundred degrees or higher during June, July, and August, so taking precautions to stay healthy and hydrated are essential.

Too much exposure to outdoor heat can pose serious health risks, ranging from dehydration to heat exhaustion to heat stroke, which is an emergency condition that can result in brain damage or even death. Stay on the lookout for any of the following symptoms, which may indicate that you or someone else is becoming overheated:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

If symptoms escalate to include fainting, disorientation, shallow breathing, or vomiting, seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 or getting to the nearest emergency room.

To prevent any kind of illness while still enjoying the summer months, be sure to drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. Take frequent breaks from the sun and heat by resting indoors in an air-conditioned environment or seeking a shaded area. Young children and the elderly are especially prone to heat exhaustion, especially those with heart, lung, or kidney conditions.

For more tips about how to stay healthy this summer, please browse our full list of online health articles. You can also contact South Tampa Immediate Care if you have questions about our walk-in clinic or the services we offer.