Heat exhaustion is a condition causing heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body’s core temperature overheating. It's one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe.
Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures with high humidity usually during strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke. Fortunately, heat exhaustion is preventable.
There are precautions to prevent heat exhaustion. When temperatures climb, remember to:
Know the signs of heat exhaustion:
Cool, moist skin when in the heat
Weak, rapid pulse
Low blood pressure when standing
If you notice the signs of heat exhaustion – immediately administer the following steps:
If you don't begin to feel better within one hour, seek prompt medical attention.