97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Avoid Heat Exhaustion

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

Aired: 6.3.2019

Summer is a great time to head outdoors, go for a run, ride your bike, work in the yard, or even participate in a local charity race. While you are out in the summer heat, be sure to exercise smart and avoid heat exhaustion. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses heat exhaustion and ways to prevent it.

What is heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion happens when your body gets too hot. It is the body’s response to dehydration – loss of water and salt through sweating. Typically heat exhaustion occurs after long periods of heat exposure and lack of replenishment of fluids.

Signs and Symptoms

Here are just a few of the signs and symptoms related to heat exhaustion:

  • Heavy Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Fainting
  • Nausea

What to do if you are experiencing heat exhaustion:

  • Stop the activity, rest and regulate breathing
  • Drink cool water or an electrolyte replenishing beverage.
  • Find a shaded or cool area
  • Take a cool shower or at least splash your face with cool water.
  • Remove extra clothing

How to prevent heat exhaustion:

  • If you are going to work/exercise outdoors, check the weather for the day and aim for the coolest part of the day – typically around sunrise or sunset.
  • Wear light, loose clothing.
  • Avoid alcoholic/caffeinated beverages before and directly after activity
  • If you feel you are starting to fatigued, stop the activity immediately and find a cool shaded area.
  • Drink plenty of water before and during the activity and electrolyte replacement after.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

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