First of all, here are some of the common symptoms for heat exhaustion:
- Heavy sweating
- Muscle Cramps
- Nausea and/or Vomiting
What can you do to prevent heat exhaustion this summer? First of all, stay hydrated! Try your best to drink half your weight in ounces of water per day. In other words, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 ounces of water, or 12.5 cups (8 fluid ounces equals one cup) each day. That may seem like a lot, but it may surprise you how fast your body loses water while in the heat.
Also consider the cooling effects of water in other ways than just drinking it.
- Fill buckets or basins with cool water and soak your feet.
- Wear wet towels and bandannas on your shoulders or head
- Use a spray bottle filled with cold water for refreshing spritzes throughout the day
- Take cool showers or baths
- Call 9-1-1 if it is a medical emergency or the condition worsens to heat stroke.
- Drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages
- Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath
- Get into an air-conditioned environment
- Wear dry, light-weight clothing
- Belladonna: Severe, throbbing headache with a red, flushed face. Worse from being suddenly jarred. Usually a headache that affects the right side. Is also worse from the light of a room and/or noise. The face may feel hot and be flushed, but the body is chilled.
- Carbo Vegetablis: Great weakness and collapse after exposure to the sun. Fainting from heat exhaustion. Skin feels cold and clammy. The person has great nausea.
- Cuprum Metallicum: Severe cramps in the abdomen or legs. Face looks pale and the person feels very weak.
Be sure you stay safe while you go out to have all your fun this summer! Keep this article with you and enjoy!