Hopefully you will never experience Heat Stroke or Heat Exhaustion. In my past blog entries I have discussed ways to avoid these potentially dangerous side effects to exercising in the hot summer sun. Let’s review the signs and symptoms just in case you encounter someone who needs help.
Heat Stroke is considered a medical emergency. Symptoms of heat stroke include a marked increase in body temperature often greater than 104 degrees with changes in mental status. Skin may be hot and dry. Other symptoms include fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, disorientation. Get help immediately for persons experiencing these symptoms. While waiting for help to arrive cool the person in any way possible my removing clothing, applying water or ice to the skin, & providing shade.
Heat Exhaustion can lead to heat stroke if the symptoms are not taken seriously. Heat exhaustion can develop suddenly or over time especially with prolonged exercise in hot, humid weather. Symptoms include heavy sweating, cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat, weak, rapid pulse, muscle cramps, nausea, headache, or faintness. When experiencing any of these symptoms stop exercising. Rest, hydrate and move to a cool location.
Stay safe and have fun in the sun this summer.