Learn more about Heat Exhaustion

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Last Updated on Sep 26, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions about Heat Exhaustion

1. Which doctor should I see if I have symptoms of heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion can be treated at home by cooling and rehydration of the affected person. However, you should consult a general physician if these measures do not provide any relief.

2. What are the complications of heat exhaustion?

If the symptoms of heat exhaustion are not recognized correctly, heat exhaustion may progress to heat stroke. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition. Also, such people are more prone to experience another episode especially in the following week and should be cautious while working in hot and humid conditions.

3. How to prevent heat exhaustion?

To prevent heat exhaustion, one should avoid strenuous activities in hot and humid conditions. If one has to work in high temperatures it is very important to-
  • Take frequent breaks from work and rest in a cool and shady place.
  • Drink plenty of water to replace the water loss due to excessive sweating.
  • Wear loose fitting and light-colored clothes.
  • Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic drinks.

4. What is the prognosis of heat exhaustion?

Most of the affected individuals recover well from heat exhaustion.

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Can heat exhaustion happen over a period of time or does it happen that day

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