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Heat Exhaustion

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Heat ExhaustionHeat exhaustion begins after excessive exercise, heavy perspiration, and inadequate fluid or salt intake. It is a warning that the body is getting hot.

Symptoms

  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Cool, moist/clammy skin
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abdominal or muscle cramps

Action

  • Move the casualty out of the sun and into a cooler site
  • Make the casualty lie down with feet slightly elevated
  • Loosen clothing
  • Cool the casualty by sponging with cool, wet cloth
  • Fan with electric fan
  • Give a CONSCIOUS casualty sips of a cool drink or water
  • Monitor the condition of the casualty as heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke. If the condition does not improve, get medical help.
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