How to Get Rid of Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is caused by several days of exposure to hot temperatures and dehydration. There are two types of heat exhaustion, water depletion and salt depletion, both of which must be handled quickly. Heat exhaustion can quickly turn to heat stroke which is a life threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.


How do I know if my child or I have heat exhaustion?

  • Confusion
  • Dark urine
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

Heat stroke is a serious form of heat injury and in almost all cases is a medical emergency. Contact 911 immediately if you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke.


How can I prevent heat exhaustion?

  • Stay inside when it’s hot out.
  • Wear light colored clothing that is loose fitting
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Drink lots of fluids and drink sports drinks when the weather is extreme
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol


How can I treat heat exhaustion?

  • The number one thing to do if you suspect you or someone else may be suffering from heat exhaustion is to get them out of the heat and into a cool room or shady place.
  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water to help rebalance your electrolytes.
  • Eat a banana to replace lost potassium.
  • Drink cool liquids.
  • Add a cool, damp towel to the back of your neck.
  • Take a cool, not cold, shower or bath.
  • Drink vegetable or fruit juices.
  • Have some potassium rich veggie broth.
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