Patient Comments: Heat Exhaustion - Treatments

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Comment from: grammie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

My husband and I went to another state for my birthday. It was hotter and dryer than where we live. The first two days we walked outside in the hot weather. Sometimes we were in the shade. I noticed I was a little more tired than I usually am. On the third day we headed home. We stopped in another town to go to a festival. The heat there was hot and dry. I drank more pop than water. We continued on home. When got in the car, the a/c was on, but I noticed I never cooled down and I was still hot. When we arrived home I went in the house it felt like an oven I turned on the a/c I noticed I was getting hot and sweating profusely. I started to get dizzy and the nausea started. My husband helped me to the bed and I laid flat. I had him get me some Ice Packs. I put one on the back of my neck on the top of my head and on my legs. In about 8 minutes I noticed I was cooling a little. I fell asleep after I woke up. I was back to no heating, very little nausea and dizziness. But I was very tired. The next day I woke up with a headache and pressure on top of my head. I called my doctor. He told me to go to the emergency room to get checked out. I do have a heart condition. I went to the emergency room they did a EKG CT Scan to see if I was having a brain bleed because of my meds. I passed all the tests and everything was normal. The doctor told me this is from the heat exhaustion. He said I tell everyone that had heat exhaustion stay out of extreme heat for about 5 days. You will be more sensitive to hot heat after you have had heat exhaustion. Always wear a hat in hot weather, carry water, find shade, and rest. Stay hydrated, don't drink soda when you are going to be in extreme heat. It will dehydrate you faster. Take as much clothes off as you can. Fanning will help. My husband fanned me along with everything else for 10 minutes before I could feel the cooling. No matter where we travel to again I am taking a hat, carrying water when I walk, and resting whenever I feel tired. I am still tired and not able to do much however I am much better.

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Published: May 29

I was on a fishing trip with my husband and two children on May 25, 2012. I had to walk a good distance to reach the water and was considerably hotter than I am used to. We stayed for about 2 hours. As we walked back to the vehicle, I began to feel weak and sweat profusely. I got in my car and began the drive back home. I thought the air conditioner would be sufficient at cooling me off fast enough. I soon found out this was not the case. I pulled off the side of the road about 2 miles into the return trip. I asked my husband to take over driving, and proceeded to vomit and eventually dry heave for the remainder of the hour and a half trip home. I trembled, had cold sweats, headache, and was very disoriented. It was very scary. I continued to throw up and could not keep down even a sip of water for about an hour after I got home. I eventually fell asleep and when I woke up I was still pretty weak, but was able to rehydrate myself slowly over the last few hours of the day. I am still weak, queasy, and sluggish today. I guess it will take a few days to get back to myself.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

When I get heat exhaustion I sit where I can and have a fan on. I try to drink lots of water with ice in it and put an ice pack on the back of my neck. If none of that works I take a cool shower and that generally helps. I continue to drink lots of water and keep a water bottle beside my bed for the next few nights in case I wake up and need the water right away.

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Comment from: Kathy, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

After walking around with a backpack on my holiday in extremely hot weather (especially in contrast to the weather I'm used to), I started to feel very nauseous and weak. I ended up being sick outdoors, but I couldn't find shelter and had to keep walking for a couple more hours. I became more sick, tired and confused and my temperature rose, so when I eventually found shelter in a hotel, I slept until I woke up during the night numerous times to be sick again. For the entire next day, I lay in bed, sleeping on and off until I was able to eat a light snack at night. By the day after, I was better! If this happens to you, you definitely need to just lie down for as long as it takes for you to feel better and drink plenty of iced water to cool you down.

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Published: July 29

Around 2:30pm in the afternoon on July 24, 2011 I was riding my scooter and collapsed from severe heat exhaustion and dehydration. I was very weak and lightheaded and couldn't get up on my own. A fireman came to my rescue and had someone call 9-1-1 to get the police and EMS. EMS took me to the ER. All my vital signs were very elevated. I was in the ER Intensive Care on monitors, oxygen and IV fluids. I was out cold and unresponsive for 4 hours. The doctors got very concerned and sent me for a chest x-ray and a CT scan of my head. Luckily all the tests came back okay. Once 3 bags of IV fluids worked through my body I woke up and started talking. I got discharged around 8:30 pm that night. Remember to know the signs of heat exhaustion because heat exhaustion can lead into a heat stroke which can be fatal. Always wear light and loose clothing when outside and never be outside for more than 15-20 minutes. Always have a bottle of water and never wear a helmet in the extreme heat. Find a shady spot and call for help if not feeling well.

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