Heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion are much more likely to occur during the hot and activity filled days of summer. Charleston’s combination of high heat and humidity can have serious effects on kids and adults that spend a lot of time outside.
Heat exhaustion is typically caused from being exposed to high heat without enough water. Without proper care, it can quickly become more serious (resulting in heat stroke). If you think you or a loved one is suffering from heat exhaustion, get medical care immediately.
Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is typically caused by lack of water or lack of salt in the body. The most common symptoms of heat exhaustion are:
- Excessive Sweating
- Pale Skin
- Muscle Cramps
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Signs of Dehydration (dark urine, excessive thirst, inability to sweat)
Avoiding Heat Exhaustion
Stay cool in Charleston’s heat and avoid this dangerous illness by:
- Drinking Lots Of Water
- Going Inside When It’s Very Hot
- Take Breaks
- Wear Loose, Light Clothing
- Take Cool Showers/Baths
- Use Fans/Iced Towels
If you believe you may be suffering from heat exhaustion, it is important to take care of yourself so it does not develop into heat stroke. Go inside where it’s cool, drink lots of water, and take a cold shower. If symptoms get worse, get medical attention immediately.
Appointments Available in Charleston, SC
If you are feeling the effects of the Lowcountry heat or need a health check up, visit the doctors at Alpha Care today. We are located throughout Charleston, SC in James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, and Summerville. Keep your family healthy and safe this summer. Call today at 843-824-2273 or contact us online. We are accepting new patients and no referrals are needed.