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Feeling the heat? 8 signs of heat exhaustion and how to cope
Sunday, 12 July · 2 min read

Spending time in the sun has its benefits, but too much time in the sun can put you at risk of heat exhaustion -- which can be dangerous if it's not treated within 30 minutes.

So it’s important to recognise the early warning signs.

Some common signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • dizziness and confusion
  • heavy sweating
  • feeling sick or nauseous
  • cool, pale or clammy skin
  • a headache
  • fast breathing or a fast heartbeat
  • muscle cramps
  • feeling very thirsty

If you, or someone you’re with, has heat exhaustion, try to get somewhere cool and lie down flat with your feet raised up above the ground.

It can also help to loosen your clothes, sip water or place cool, wet cloths on your body to cool your skin.

Cold packs around the armpit and neck, or a cold bath can also help to bring your temperature down.

If these things don't help and you develop heatstroke, you should seek help immediately.

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How to avoid heat exhaustion