As the Australian heatwave continues to impact people all over the country, it’s vital to know how to stay safe in a heatwave, as well as the signs and symptoms of heat stress. If heat stress is left without proper medical attention, it can quickly develop into heatstroke.
Early Warning Signs
The early warning signs of heat stress include feeling hot, tired, and flushed in the face.
Although these early signs are what many of us may feel on a hot day, it is important to take them seriously, especially for the elderly, young, and pregnant, who are most at risk of heat stress.
If someone does show these signs, ensure they rest and rehydrate in a cool place as quickly as possible to prevent further dehydration and heat stress.
Serious Warning Signs
If the early warning signs of heat stress are not attended to and heat stress progresses, the consequences of heat stress become more serious.
Those affected by heat stress can become confused, dizzy, and nauseous. This is as the brain begins to stop operating as effectively. Similarly, the heart and kidneys are also at risk. In response to the heat, the heart begins to beat faster and harder, which puts strain on the heat. To prevent further dehydration, the kidneys try to conserve water. However, in doing so, the kidneys can become blocked, which can lead to acute renal failure.
Ways to Prevent Heat Stress
If heat stress is not properly identified, it can quickly develop into heatstroke, which is a life-threatening condition.
If you believe you or someone you know has heat stress, you must stop all physical activity and let your body rest in a cool place. Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, and avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and drinks high in sugar.
Seek immediate medical attention and contact your doctor immediately if signs or symptoms worsen or do not improve.
At APERS, we understand that keeping your loved ones safe is the most important thing in the world.
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