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What are the signs of heat exhaustion?

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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:

• Headache
• Dizziness
• Nausea
• Cramping
• 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.


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