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    Heat Exhaustion Treatment

    Call 911 if the person:

    • Has a very high, weak pulse rate and rapid shallow breathing, especially when combined with high or low blood pressure
    • Is unconscious, disoriented, or has a high body temperature
    • Has warm, dry skin, elevated or lowered blood pressure, and is hyperventilating

    1. Lower Body Temperature

    • Get the person out of the heat and into a cool environment.
    • If air-conditioning is not available, fan the person.
    • Spray the person with a garden hose, get him or her into a cool shower or bath, apply cool compresses, or give the person a cool sponge bath.

    2. Rehydrate

    • Give cool, nonalcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages as long as the person is alert.

    3. Rest

    4. See a Health Care Provider

    Untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke. See a doctor that day if:

    • Symptoms get worse or last more than an hour

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 27, 2015

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