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As summer temperatures soar, so do the number of people experiencing heat exhaustion. This often occurs when the body’s internal temperature of approximately 98.6 F (37 C) is altered by factors like excessive heat, humidity and strenuous physical activity.

Anyone can be affected by heat exhaustion. However, infants and children younger than 4, as well as adults over the age of 65, are at especially high risk. Certain medications can change your body’s ability to remain hydrated, including those used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems, reduce allergy symptoms, calm the nerves and reduce psychiatric symptoms. Obesity also can impact the body’s natural ability to regulate its temperature.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, move to a cooler location; drink cool water or a sports drink that will help replace vital electrolytes; and take time to rest.

* Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat
* Heavy sweating
* Faintness
* Dizziness
* Fatigue
* Weak, rapid pulse
* Low blood pressure upon standing
* Muscle cramps
* Nausea
* Headache

If these symptoms worsen or don’t improve within an hour, seek medical attention immediately. Don’t let heat exhaustion end your summer fun.

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