Vacationing at the beach is a wonderful experience. But as with anything, too much of a good thing can be detrimental to your health, especially in the south where temperatures can get very hot in the summer. If you’re going to the beach with young children, pets, or elderly people, it’s important to be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration, so that you can avoid a trip to the hospital during your vacation.
Heat Exhaustion occurs after exposure to high temperatures and is often accompanied by dehydration. Without proper care, heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke, which can be fatal.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
- Profuse sweating and goose bumps
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pale skin
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
Stay out of the sun by bringing an umbrella or tent to the beach to block the direct rays of sun and give your body a place of refuge. Taking a dip in the water can also help lower your body temperature. Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and keep your body cool.
Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine, as these can make the symptoms of heat exhaustion worse. If you feel like you’re already experience the symptoms of heat stroke, get into a cool building as soon as possible and drink plenty of fluids. If symptoms don’t subside, get to the hospital; it’s always better to be safe than sorry!