Heat Related Illness

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Last Updated: 05 May 2022

The body is excellent at cooling itself with all-natural mechanisms. Humans really do it better than any other mammal on Earth. Severe heat can overwhelm the body, resulting in heat-related illness. Heat-related illness can include: Older adults, little ones and people with persistent medical problems go to risky for heat-related illness. Hundreds of people in the U.S. die annually of heat-related illness. When you visit your National Forests and Grasslands, take the additional time to protect on your own and others from heat related illness. Heat stroke is a clinical emergency situation. What to do: Move to a cooler environment; Reduce body temperature level with cool cloths or with a cool bathroom. Remain hydrated and keep your body cool. Dehydration takes place when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the quantity coming in. Symptoms: Thirsty; Dry mouth; Sweating might quit; Muscle aches; Nausea and vomiting; Lightheadedness. Avoidance and treatment: Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Drink enough to create light yellow or almost clear urine throughout the day. Therapy: Cool victim down and have them relax in the shade; Drink a lot of water or electrolyte drink; Monitor targets temperature; If vomiting happens, seek prompt clinical help. Hyperthermia describes any problem where your body is unable to properly maintain its temperature and take care of heat. At the healthcare facility, somebody with heat stroke will get intravenous fluids to rehydrate them and change salt and potassium. Comply with these first-aid steps if you think someone has heat fatigue: Take them to a clinic or emergency situation area or call 911.

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