Heat Exhaustion Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on August 28, 2020

Call 911 if the person:

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 them 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

  • Have the person avoid physical activity for the rest of the day.

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



CDC: "Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety."

Cleveland Clinic: "Heat Related Illnesses."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Heat Injury and Heat Exhaustion."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Dehydration and Heat Stroke."

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