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Heat & Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a problem that can affect people in hot weather. It is caused by losing too much water and salt by sweating. It is more likely to occur if someone has an upset stomach with diarrhoea and vomiting.
 


Recognition Features:

There may be:
      • Exhausted and restless feeling
      • Headache, tired, dizzy and nauseated
      • Cramp in legs and abdomen due to lack of salt
      • Pale face and cold, clammy skin
      • Fast and shallow breathing
      • Rapid and weak pulse
      • Temperature normal or falls
      • Fainting on movement         


Treatment

Lay the person down in a cold place.
 
If conscious give sips of cold water and add salt if sweating a lot.
 
If casualty becomes unconscious place in the recovery position.