Heat Exhaustion is a condition that generally includes intense sweating and an increased heart rate due to your body’s response to overheating. Out of the three heat-related syndromes heat exhaustion falls in the middle, with heat cramps being the least intense and a heatstroke being the most detrimental to one’s health.
Heat exhaustion is usually caused from a prolonged exposure to hot temperatures especially when one is involved in physical activity and high levels of humidity.
Common Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:
- Intense sweating
- Dizziness / fainting
- Significant increase in heart rate
- Muscle Cramps
- Sudden headache
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms above it is important to stop what you are doing and rest. Seek shade if accessible and drink plenty of fluids to replenish what you may have lost during physical activity.
If any of these symptoms continue for more than one day, it is important to seek medical attention from AFC Jacksonville as soon as possble. We offer a complete diagnosis and treatment of Heat Exhaustion and take preventative measures to ensure that a heatstroke does not occur.