The summer sun can be brutal on our bodies. If you find yourself out in the sun too long without proper hydration, are confused, dizzy, or are starting to feel sick, you may be experiencing heat exhaustion. Our Care Team at NOAH offer some helpful strategies you can follow if you are starting to feel the effects of heat exhaustion. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain, organs and possibly cause death.
Treatment for heat exhaustion:
1 – Immediately get yourself or loved one out of direct sunlight. If possible, indoors is best with a fan or air conditioning on. If you can’t get inside, find the nearest cool and shady place.
2 – Drink plenty of fluid such as cool water. Sports drinks are helpful to replenish lost electrolytes.
3 – Rest. Lay down and elevate your legs above your head. If able, make an ice pack to place on the back of your neck or forehead.
4 – Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
5 – If available, take a cool shower or bath. If at the lake or beach and you have a cooler with ice, dip your towel in the ice water and lightly ring out. Place the towel over your head and back area to help cool your body down.
If these measures fail to provide any relief after 15 minutes, seek emergency medical help. Once you have recovered from heat exhaustion you may be sensitive to high temperatures for about a week or so. It’s recommended you avoid any outside activities until your NOAH provider says otherwise. It’s a good idea to continue to hydrate each day thereafter and if you do go outside in the sun, be prepared by hydrating in advance and bring extra water and ice.
Our Care Team at NOAH are here to help you create and manage your healthy lifestyle habits. Need help setting or sticking to your goals? Call 480-882-4545 or request an appointment today!