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When should an individual seek medical care for heat exhaustion
Heat exhaustion usually can be treated at home as long as the affected
maintain proper hydration and find a cool place to rest. Water, electrolyte replacement solutions or sport
drinks are appropriate to consume. If nausea and vomiting prevent rehydration, the
individual should seek medical attention, and may need IV fluids for rehydration.
Muscles cramps can be severe and if stretching and rehydration cannot relieve
recurrent cramps, medical care also may be necessary.
It is important to recognize that if the person stops sweating, becomes
confused, or has a seizure, heat stroke, a life-threatening condition, may be
developing. Emergency medical services should be activated immediately (call 911
if available). The affected individual should be moved to a cooler place, have their clothing
removed, and attempts should be made to cool the body with cold compresses,
spraying or sponging the body with cool water and promoting air circulation with oscillating fans.