Words to the already wise
I remember experiencing heat exhaustion myself when younger but luckily my dad having had medical training knew what to do. A couple of years ago I felt dizzy and sick to the point of passing out in the heat even though i had drunk quite a lot [but it was fizzy drinks not water !] then having witnessed two people close to me have it recently because they hadn’t been able to keep cool enough and more importantly hadn’t drunk enough water, I thought i would look up the symptoms of heat exhaustion [ also called heat stroke] and post them particularly as it is on the news too !!I
Many people do not recognise they are candidates for heat exhaustion because they don’t know what the symptoms are or that they can have a mild case of it which is ongoing if they are consistently not drinking enough to replace what they are losing each day and night through sweating. [We have 2 point 6 million sweat glands working to keep us cool all the time ].
Heat exhaustion occurs when your body loses more fluid than you put into it. On average a person loses 2 point 5 litres of fluids a day through sweating and all the other bodily functions….and that is without exercise or the extreme heat are currently having causing more sweating!
Symptoms of heat exhaustion are :
Confusion /lack of concentration
Feeling sick .
Not going to the loo very much
Loss of appetite
Pale and clammy skin
Cramps in armed , legs and stomach
Fast pulse and breathing
Temperature of 38 degrees or more
People might think if they haven’t got all the symptoms above they haven’t got heat exhaustion but you will get some or all of these symptoms if you are consistently getting too hot and not replacing the fluids your body is losing through sweating.
Some remedies that can help
drinking plenty of cold water [tea and coffee actually dehydrate you}
Using a fan to cool down is good if you have access to one.
Take cool baths or showers
Sprinkling cool water over the skin or clothes
wearing a wet hat if having to be or work outside
Running cold water over the wrists when possible.
Putting your feet into a bowl of cold water
Putting ice cubes into a hot water bottle and using that to cool down.
Avoiding excess alcohol
Avoiding extreme exercise
Avoiding the sun where possible between 11 am and 3pm
Using a fan at night to cool down and help sleep. [being too hot at night also dehydrates you}
We have found that we can cope in the extreme heat of the day only if we are able to spend as little time outside as possible and cool down in between those times by sitting in a breeze in the shade or in front of a fan.!