Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than seven thousand heat-related deaths between 1999 and 2009.
Most heat-related deaths or severe injuries are preventable if heat exhaustion
is caught early because your body produces warning signs when it’s
overheating. Here are some things you need to know about heat exhaustion:
WebMD, there are two types of heat exhaustion.
- One is from water depletion - Signs include excessive thirst weakness,
head headache, and unconsciousness
- The other is from salt depletion - which can result in nausea and vomiting,
muscle cramps, and dizziness
- Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which can be damaging to your
brain and vital organs
- Heat exhaustion can be prevented by wearing sunscreen
Treatment for heat exhaustion can include: the application of cooling methods
such as fans and ice towels, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and removing
Mayo Clinic, certain factors increase sensitivity to heat such as age and weight.
Children younger than four, and adults older than 65 have a higher risk
of heat exhaustion. In addition, obesity can affect your body’s
ability to regulate temperature.
As warmer weather approaches, it’s important to listen to your body’s
warning signs. Although heat exhaustion is a minor side effect of overheating,
it can lead to more severe effects that can damage your body long term.
Make sure you’re getting plenty of water and staying cool this summer!
Dr. Robert C. Grumet, MD is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in sports
medicine and hip conditions. Dr. Grumet's office is in Orange and
in his free time, Dr. Grumet enjoys spending time with his family, golfing
and following both collegiate and professional athletics.