Enjoying a warm day outdoors is a great way to make the most of summer weather, but it is important to practice safety as you do so. When it is excessively warm outside, especially if you are doing a strenuous activity, the risk of suffering from heat exhaustion is high.

Understanding what heat exhaustion is and what to do if you see someone suffering from heat exhaustion can help your family stay safe all summer long. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Cleveland shares some insight.

What Is Heat Exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion occurs when your body becomes too hot and is often exacerbated by dehydration.

While heat exhaustion can occur even at low temperatures, it is extremely common during the heat of summer when someone is outside doing physical activity.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Excessive sweating
  • A rapid, yet weak pulse
  • Goosebumps
  • Skin that feels cool to the touch
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Low blood pressure
  • Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

What Should I Do if Someone Is Suffering From Heat Exhaustion?

If you are around someone who might be suffering from heat exhaustion, it is best to take action right away—otherwise, it can advance to a heat stroke, which will require immediate medical attention.

If someone near you is suffering from heat exhaustion, here is what you should do:

What to Do for Heat Exhaustion

  • Move the victim to a cooler place, preferably in an air-conditioned building, but even an air-conditioned car or a shady spot can be better than being in the sun.
  • Remove any excess clothing.
  • Give the person plenty of water, or a sports drink if one is available.
  • Place cool, wet fabric on the person’s skin.

If you are suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, seek immediate medical attention. For non-emergency medical needs, AFC Urgent Care Cleveland is here to help.