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Heat Exhaustion (cont.)

Heat Exhaustion Prevention

Prevention of heat exhaustion is accomplished by taking reasonable precautions. The precautions are as follows:

  • Avoid hot areas (do not sit in a closed vehicle in the summer or do heavy physical work in hot areas without planned cool-down periods).
  • Avoid sunburns.
  • Wear light colored clothing and light-weight clothing that does not fight tightly.
  • Drink a lot of fluids (if your urine frequency slows or your urine seems more concentrated, you need to drink more fluids).
  • Give your body time (at least a few days) to adjust to a hot climate before doing strenuous activities.
  • Check with your pharmacist or doctor to see if your medications may make you more susceptible to heat-related problems (for example, diuretics, sedatives, and stimulants).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/13/2013
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