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Sponsored: Protect Yourself and Others from Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Sponsored: Protect Yourself and Others from Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

We typically acclimate to warmer temperatures and humidity by adjusting our exercise habits to cooler times of the day and drinking more fluid. 

But what if we have unexpectedly hot and humid days? What if we’re more active than normal with walking, exercising or working outside, yard work or golfing? What if it’s an infant, child or an elderly person who may have difficulty communicating distress? It’s important to pay attention to signs of possible heat exhaustion and heat stroke, particularly in children and the elderly, and take steps to prevent serious or fatal outcomes. 

Heat Exhaustion 

  • Symptoms: Dizziness, thirst, headache, nausea, heavy breathing, weakness, cold and clammy skin, excessive thirst

  • Action steps:  Seek shade or air conditioning, sip cool water, if wearing tight clothing – loosen,  if exercising or being active outside – STOP. If symptoms persist seek medical care.

Heat Stroke 

  • Symptoms:  Confusion, dizziness, loss of consciousness.

  • Action steps: Call 911 for immediate medical attention – this is a medical EMERGENCY. Move person to cooler area, loosen clothing and attempt to cool with towels soaked in cold water or a cool bath.

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SOURCE: Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian


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