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What can be done to treat heat exhaustion?

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If a person has heat exhaustion:

  • Get him into a cool environment.
  • If air-conditioning isn’t available, fan him.
  • Get water on him with a garden hose, a cool shower or bath, cool compresses, or a cool sponge bath.
  • If he’s alert, let him drink beverages that don’t have caffeine or alcohol.
  • Have him avoid physical activity the rest of the day.
  • Give acetaminophen if he has a mild headache.

From: Heat Exhaustion Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 04, 2018

SOURCES:

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."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 04, 2018

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