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5 signs of heat exhaustion

July 11, 2014

The summer sun can be warm and pleasant, but sometimes the heat can get the best of you. Staying under the sun during peak times doing vigorous activities can leave people especially susceptible to heat exhaustion, particularly in humid areas.

Don't let the seasonal heat wave turn your joyful outdoor activities into a risk. Heat exhaustion can easily lead to heat stroke, which occurs when body temperature reaches 104 F. Heat stroke is a medical emergency that can severely damage the brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. Stay safe in the summer sun by recognizing the signs of heat exhaustion before the problem develops into something more serious.

A racing pulse
A higher pulse rate is normal during more intense recreational activities. Just don't go overboard, and recognize when your heart is beating at a rapid rate. Frequent breaks can be used to see whether it's the physical activity or the intense that's got your heart working faster than normal.

If the world starts spinning, get a drink of water and find some shade. Dizziness is a heat exhaustion calling card, and a surefire sign that the heat might be causing your body trouble.

Vomiting or nausea 
Most people know something is wrong when they begin to feel ill, but many don't attribute the feeling to the intense heat. If you begin to vomit or experience nausea while you're taking on some more strenuous outdoor activities, go indoors, get a drink of water and stay out of the harsh summer sun for a while. 

Extreme fatigue 
Take a breather before you become excessively tired. Being out of breath and exhausted can be the result of some intense physical activity, but it can also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. If you feel weak and have trouble finding the energy to move around and function properly, don't hesitate to get to a cooler location for some rest.

Feeling faint
If you feel like you could slump to the ground at any moment, get out of the heat as soon as possible. Fainting is never pleasant, especially under the intense sun. Fainting out in the heat can be dangerous and leave you susceptible to dehydration and undergoing heat stroke. 

Everyone gets a little overheated in the summer sometimes, but heat related illnesses are a serious problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reports that roughly 650 people die every year because of heat related illness, but the this problem can be easily prevented. Don't let that warm weather become a danger to you.

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