Preventing and Managing Heat Exhaustion [A Health Power Tip Sheet]

heat exhaustion person sitting

Heat Exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness than heat stroke.  It can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and either not enough funds or an unbalanced replacement of fluids.

Persons at Increased Risk of Heat Exhaustion:

  • people with high blood pressure (hypertension) and
  • people who work or exercise in a hot environment.
  • infants (under one (1) year of age,
  • children up to four (4) years of age,
  • people 65 years of age and older,
  • people who are overweight,
  • people who are already ill, and
  • people who are on certain medications

Various warning Signs of Heat Exhaustion:

  • heavy sweating
  • paleness
  • muscle cramps
  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • fainting
  • cool and moist skin
  • fast and weak pulse rate
  • fast and shallow breathing

 If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke.  If symptoms worsen, or last longer than one hour, get medical attention without delay.

Managing Heat Exhaustion

Cooling the Body during Heat Exhaustion is the most important thing to do:

  • Drink cool, non-alcoholic beverage
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath
  • Seek an air-conditioned environment
  • Wear lightweight clothing
  • Wearing light-weigh clothing
  • Rest

 Now, you have the picture.  But don’t forget, prevention is always better than a cure.


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Norma J. Goodwin, MD
Founder, President & CEO
Health Power for Minorities (Health Power)
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