Beat the Heat: Dealing With Heat Exhaustion

May 16, 2016

During the warm summer months, it’s important to stay hydrated and avoid becoming overheated to prevent heat exhaustion. According to WebMD, a relative humidity of 60 percent or higher interferes with sweat evaporation, hindering your body’s ability to cool itself. The risk of heat exhaustion is also more prevalent with infants, young children and adults over the age of 65. Certain medications and health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, also increase your risk of heat exhaustion.

The following are the most common symptoms of heat exhaustion:

If you experience these symptoms, get out of the heat as quickly as possible and rest. You should also drink a lot of fluids—excluding alcohol and caffeine. See our tips on staying well-hydrated. You should also remove unnecessary clothing, take a cool shower or bath and apply other cooling tactics such as a fan or ice towel.

For more information, consult your physician.