Heat exhaustion is the most common form of heat-related illness.
Although heat exhaustion is commonly associated with athletes, it also affects fire-fighters, construction workers and others who work in a hot humid environment.
Signs and Symptoms
• Pale, cool clammy skin
• Rapid breathing
• Profuse and prolonged sweating
• Cramps in the limbs and/or the abdomen
• Thirst, nausea and/or vomiting
• Constant headache
• Exhaustion and lethargy
First aid management
- Complete rest in the shade
- Remove any unnecessary clothing
- Cool the casualty by sponging with water
- Give small sips of clear fluids
- Seek medical attention
Overexposure to Heat
Heat related conditions are those conditions brought on by exposure to high temperatures and humidity. The most spectacular example of a serious heat related problem occurs in long distance running events, which are conducted during hot and humid conditions.
Overexposure to heat can easily occur in workers who work in the direct sun such as construction workers, landscape gardeners etc. Overexposure to heat may induce heat cramps, heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke.
What should you do?
We all respond to emergencies in different ways.
Whether trained or untrained, some of us are afraid we will do the wrong thing and make the situation worse.
If you are unsure about what to do, call for an ambulance.
The worst thing to do is to do nothing.