It’s summer time! Which, for most people, means a lot more time is going to be spent outside. Whether you’re swimming, mowing the lawn, or exercising outside, you should be sure to take the proper precautions to avoid heat exhaustion!
One thing people don’t usually think about while spending a lot of time outside in the sun is heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion occurs from spending too much time in a hot environment, especially if you are being active. The heat produced from your own body while being active or exercising, combined with the heat outside, is a sure combination for heat exhaustion.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:
If you or a loved one are suffering from heat exhaustion move to a cooler place indoors. Don’t immediately get much colder, like by taking a cold shower for example, since that can possibly send the body into shock. Just go inside into an air conditioned room, sit down, and relax. To help recover from heat exhaustion, stay hydrated and rest. Drink plenty of water (and yes, WATER not sodas or sports drinks) to help your cells recover from the heat and all of the water your body likely lost from sweat. Some other helpful ways to stay hydrated are to eat fruits and vegetables with a high water content!
Left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to dehydration and possibly develop into heat stroke. If you don’t feel better after hydrating, come visit us at QUICKmed! We’ll help you get hydrated and back on track to feeling better so you can keep enjoying your summer fun.