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Heat Exhaustion


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Comment from: KellyS602, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I'm a 49 year old female who is in relatively good shape and moderately active. On a recent hike, we brought 1 L water/person/hour and drank frequently, and added in one sport drink each. We hiked in the morning (80 to 89 degree F) from 9 to 11:30. I wore 'performance fabric' clothing, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. By 11:00, I was experiencing heat exhaustion (dizziness, headache, nausea, and sweating). After cooling and about 2 hours later, I vomited. I had headache for 20 hours. It took a full day to recover.

Comment from: Denise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I work outside daily for my job. Even though I am drinking water and Gatorade I have had intense sweating, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and dizziness due to heat exhaustion. It feels like an anxiety attack. This happens daily my entire work week. Urgent Care and emergency room are useless. They just tell me to see my primary care physician. I suffered from a heat stroke 10 years ago at work and now it doesn't take much to get overheated. It's scary so might be time to find another line of work.


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