As the weather heats up in southern Louisiana, just in time for festival season, heat exhaustion becomes a very real possibility.
Some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion include the following:
• Low-grade fever
• Fatigue or weakness
• Heavy sweating
• Dark urine
If you suspect someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, try to bring that person to a cooler, shaded area. Sit or lay the person down and elevate his or her feet. Water or another non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverage can help to rehydrate someone suffering from heat exhaustion and can help to alleviate symptoms. Also try fanning, dabbing the person with a cool washcloth, and removing any unnecessary clothing.
Because heat exhaustion can become serious quickly, be sure to call 911 if the person faints, has a seizure, becomes disoriented or has a fever over 102.
To learn more about heat exhaustion or to make an appointment with physician, call HealthFinder at 504-456-5000.