WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - With summer temperatures rising, it's important to stay safe and cool. Heavy exercise and sweating can lead to heat related illness, such as heat exhaustion. If left unmonitored, heat exhaustion can quickly escalate and be a serious health concern.
To avoid heat exhaustion, be aware of the symptoms so you can closely monitor your health in the hot weather.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion (From the Mayo Clinic)
Feeling faint or dizzy
Rapid but weak heartbeat
Low blood pressure
Cool, moist, pale skin
If you think you might have heat exhaustion, the Mayo Clinic lists some steps you can take to cool off and recover quickly:
Get out of the sun and into a shady or air-conditioned location.
Lay down and elevate your legs and feet slightly.
Loosen or remove your clothing.
Drink cool water.
Rinse yourself with cool water
Monitor your symptoms so that they don't escalate into heatstroke.
Call 911 or emergency medical help if your condition deteriorates, especially if fainting, confusion or seizures occur, or if fever of 104 F (40 C) or greater occurs.
If you stay hydrated and aware when outside during high temperatures, you can sit back and enjoy the summer - without a trip to the hospital.