Summer heat can be more than uncomfortable—it can be a threat to your health, especially for older adults and children. Whatever your age, do not let the summer heat get the best of you.
Heat exhaustion occurs when a person cannot sweat enough to cool the body, usually the result of not drinking enough fluids during hot weather. It generally develops when a person is playing, working, or exercising outside in extreme heat. Here are some symptoms:
- Dizziness, weakness, nausea, headache and vomiting
- Blurry vision
- Body temperature rising to 101°F
- Sweaty skin
- Feeling hot and thirsty
- Difficulty speaking
A person suffering from heat exhaustion must move to a cool place and drink plenty of water.
Heat stroke is the result of untreated heat exhaustion. Here are some symptoms:
- Unawareness of heat and thirst
- Body temperature rising rapidly to above 101°F
- Confusion or delirium
- Loss of consciousness or seizure
Heat stroke is a serious medical emergency that must be treated quickly by a trained professional. Until help arrives, cool the person down by placing ice on the neck, armpits and groin. If the person is awake and able to swallow, give him or her fluids.
TIPS FOR STAYING COOL
Below are some tips for staying safe in the heat:
- Drink plenty of water: In hot weather, drink enough to quench your thirst. The average adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day- more during hotter weather.
- Dress for the weather: When outside, wear lightweight clothing made of natural fabrics and a well-ventilated hat.
- Stay inside if possible: Do errands and outside chores early or late in the day.
- Eat light: Replace heavy or hot meals with lighter, refreshing foods.
- Think cool! Take a cool shower or apply a cold compress to your pulse points. Try spending time indoors at an air-conditioned mall or movie
If you feel that you are in danger of heat stroke or are starting to feel the effects of too much sun, take steps to reduce your body temperature such as:
- move into shade or indoors
- apply water to the skin
- use a cool compress on the back of your neck and/or chest
If symptoms worsen or do not improve, call 911 or go to an emergency care clinic. There is no need to contact one of our Care Coordinators prior to an emergency situation, however you, or your representative, will need to contact them at (888) 803-0081 as soon as possible.