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What is the treatmentfor heat exhaustion?
Cooling and rehydration are the cornerstones for treating heat exhaustion.
The affected individual should stop their activity and then move from the hot environment
to a cooler environment. The person may be placed in the shade or taken to an air conditioned
environment (don't forget that cars have air conditioning). Clothes may be
removed to help with air circulation across the body. Misting the skin with cool
water also helps by stimulating evaporation and cooling the body.
Rehydration is the next important step in treating heat exhaustion. This may
be a challenge if the person begins to suffer from nausea and vomiting. Small sips of water,
a mouthful at a time, might be tolerated even if some vomiting persists. Water,
sports drink and other electrolyte replacement drinks are reasonable options.
If oral rehydration fails or if symptoms persist, intravenous fluids may be
required to replace the water loss because of the excessive sweating. Hydration
continues until the patient begins to urinate, a signal that the kidneys have
sensed that there is enough fluid in the body, and it no longer retains fluid.
Muscles cramps and pain may be treated with over-the-counter medications like
(Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, etc.) and
(Tylenol and others).