How to Treat Heat Exhaustion
During summer it is common to suffer from heat exhaustion so be aware of the following.
- feeling hot, exhausted, weak and fatigued
- persistent headache
- thirst and nausea
- giddiness and faintness
- rapid breathing and shortness of breath
- pale, cool, clammy skin and rapid, weak pulse
If these symptoms are experienced here is what to do:
- Move the patient to lie down in a cool place with circulating air.
- Loosen tight clothing and/or remove unnecessary garments.
- Sponge the patient with cool water.
- Give the conscious patient fluids to drink.
- Seek medical attention if the patient vomits or does not recover quickly.