Heat exhaustion occurs when your body gets too hot. The hypothalamus,the part of the brain that controls thirst and hunger, also controls the body’s core temperature. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating. But if you are exposed to high temperatures for a long time (working outdoors in the summer, for
example) and don’t replace the fluids you lose, the body systems
immediate attention because it can progress to heat stroke, a
What causes Heat Exhaustion?
Heat exhaustion occurs most often when you are exposed to high
The warning signs of heat exhaustion include:
- heavy sweating
- muscle cramps
- nausea or vomiting
If body temperature goes above 104°F, or if coma or seizure occurs, the
patient may have heat stroke. Heat stroke can quickly lead to heart
attack and death if not treated.
Cooling measures that may be effective include:
- cool, non-alcoholic beverages, as directed by your physician
- cool shower, bath, or sponge bath
- an air-conditioned environment
- Lightweight clothing
weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow.