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 Post subject: Heat Exhaustion-Heat Illnesses
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:05 am 
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Avoiding Heat Illnesses


Avoiding Heat Illness

By Dr. Gary F. Arnet


We think of heat illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or dehydration, as something that affects firefighters wearing heavy protective clothing in hot conditions or something that our soldiers face fighting in the desert. Heat illnesses affect many of us in our daily lives, however. Every year we hear of high school football players that die from heat stroke during summer practice. In athletes, heat stroke is the second leading cause of death. Elderly die in the cities during heat waves. Hikers die, as do those stranded when their cars break down.

In a normal year, an average of 175 Americans die of heat illnesses. During the heat wave of 1980, 1,250 Americans died. The sad thing is that heat illnesses are largely preventable through planning and common sense. --- Continued at link, above ----

    The body and heat
    Prevention of heat illnesses
    Other precautions
    Management of heat illnesses
      Heat Edema:
      Miliaria Rubra (Prickly Heat):
      Heat Syncope:
      Heat Cramps:
      Heat Exhaustion:
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:44 am 
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Heat Exhaustion-Treatment


Image What to Do for Heatstroke When You Can’t Get Help

y James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Many years ago, before many of you were born, I trained at a large Dallas hospital. In the summers, the ambulances carried tubs of ice, and if they picked up someone with probable heatstroke, they’d start to ice them then and there.

I don’t know if they still do that, but heatstroke continues to be an emergency, killing hundreds each year and leaving many more disabled. And cooling remains the top priority in treatment.

Heatstroke Warning Signs

In order to know what to do, you need to be able to recognize the warning signs of heatstroke (also called sunstroke). With heatstroke your vital organs shut down. Many people even stop sweating. It’s like your body has given up (or burned out).

One of the first organs that shows damage is the brain. Therefore, many of the signs and symptoms of heatstroke are related to brain function, such as: --- CONtiNUED at LINK, above ---

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