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    Esther Rantzen

    Symptoms of heat exhaustion


    Everyone loves summer, but when temperatures start getting stifling, the heat can cause all kinds of health issues. One of these issues is heat exhaustion, which can lead to other, more serious problems unless treated immediately. Recognising the symptoms of heat exhaustion and acting quickly to help someone affected is therefore vital.

    Symptoms of heat exhaustion

    Caused by your body losing water and salt through sweating in hot, humid conditions or when ill, the symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

    • Dizziness, confusion and headache

    • Nausea and loss of appetite

    • Rapid, weak pulse and pale, clammy skin

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    • Cramps in the arms and legs and rapid shallow breathing

    If any or all of these symptoms of heat exhaustion are detected, it is imperative to:

    • Move the affected individual somewhere cool

    • Give them plenty of water to drink (preferably with a little salt dissolved in it)

    • Monitor their condition

    Once they recover they should see a doctor. If they do not improve, you should:

    • Call 999

    • Put them into recovery position

    • Monitor and record their breathing, pulse and response level

    Unless this kind of first aid is administered quickly, heatstroke may develop. This can cause unconsciousness within minutes and, unless help is provided, may eventually prove fatal.

    Who is at risk?

    People at work or otherwise engaged in physical activities, children and the elderly are at particular risk of developing heat exhaustion.

    Heat at work

    If you are exposed to excessive heat at work, be it due to the type of work you do or simply summer heat, your employer must ensure you do not develop the symptoms of heat exhaustion by ensuring you have:

    • Access to plenty of cool water to drink

    • Regular breaks to cool down

    If this is not done and you subsequently get ill at work, you could qualify for work injury compensation.

    Get advice

    If you developed a work-related illness due to excessive heat in the past three years, give us, Accident Advice Helpline, a call. With more than 16 years’ experience in handling work injury claims, we can help you:

    • Confirm your claim eligibility

    • Establish who is responsible for your illness or injury at work

    • Conduct your claim in a professional, efficient manner

    • Get the compensation you are entitled to quickly

    Call our freephone 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 now to learn more about making a claim for compensation and/or enlist our in-house solicitors’ help.

    Date Published: April 20, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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