Patient Comments: Heat Exhaustion - First Aid Treatment


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Comment from: Vicky D, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 10

We treated our friend for heat stroke in the following ways. We immediately placed a chair under him as he was about to pass out. Then we gave him water to drink, graduating to Pedialyte when it arrived. We kept cool rags on his valve systems, i.e., head, neck, femoral, wrists and blood flow areas. We kept rotating the towels as they got warm quickly. We are positive that he would have stroked out had he had gone on barbequing any longer. It was 109 degrees all day yesterday July, 7 2018.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I was just recently diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. My stomach is extremely bloated and I'm having stomach pain.

Comment from: grammie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

My husband and I went to another state for my birthday. It was hotter and dryer than where we live. The first two days we walked outside in the hot weather. Sometimes we were in the shade. I noticed I was a little more tired than I usually am. On the third day we headed home. We stopped in another town to go to a festival. The heat there was hot and dry. I drank more pop than water. We continued on home. When got in the car, the a/c was on, but I noticed I never cooled down and I was still hot. When we arrived home I went in the house it felt like an oven I turned on the a/c I noticed I was getting hot and sweating profusely. I started to get dizzy and the nausea started. My husband helped me to the bed and I laid flat. I had him get me some Ice Packs. I put one on the back of my neck on the top of my head and on my legs. In about 8 minutes I noticed I was cooling a little. I fell asleep after I woke up. I was back to no heating, very little nausea and dizziness. But I was very tired. The next day I woke up with a headache and pressure on top of my head. I called my doctor. He told me to go to the emergency room to get checked out. I do have a heart condition. I went to the emergency room they did a EKG CT Scan to see if I was having a brain bleed because of my meds. I passed all the tests and everything was normal. The doctor told me this is from the heat exhaustion. He said I tell everyone that had heat exhaustion stay out of extreme heat for about 5 days. You will be more sensitive to hot heat after you have had heat exhaustion. Always wear a hat in hot weather, carry water, find shade, and rest. Stay hydrated, don't drink soda when you are going to be in extreme heat. It will dehydrate you faster. Take as much clothes off as you can. Fanning will help. My husband fanned me along with everything else for 10 minutes before I could feel the cooling. No matter where we travel to again I am taking a hat, carrying water when I walk, and resting whenever I feel tired. I am still tired and not able to do much however I am much better.

Published: May 29

I was on a fishing trip with my husband and two children on May 25, 2012. I had to walk a good distance to reach the water and was considerably hotter than I am used to. We stayed for about 2 hours. As we walked back to the vehicle, I began to feel weak and sweat profusely. I got in my car and began the drive back home. I thought the air conditioner would be sufficient at cooling me off fast enough. I soon found out this was not the case. I pulled off the side of the road about 2 miles into the return trip. I asked my husband to take over driving, and proceeded to vomit and eventually dry heave for the remainder of the hour and a half trip home. I trembled, had cold sweats, headache, and was very disoriented. It was very scary. I continued to throw up and could not keep down even a sip of water for about an hour after I got home. I eventually fell asleep and when I woke up I was still pretty weak, but was able to rehydrate myself slowly over the last few hours of the day. I am still weak, queasy, and sluggish today. I guess it will take a few days to get back to myself.

Comment from: Kathy, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

After walking around with a backpack on my holiday in extremely hot weather (especially in contrast to the weather I'm used to), I started to feel very nauseous and weak. I ended up being sick outdoors, but I couldn't find shelter and had to keep walking for a couple more hours. I became more sick, tired and confused and my temperature rose, so when I eventually found shelter in a hotel, I slept until I woke up during the night numerous times to be sick again. For the entire next day, I lay in bed, sleeping on and off until I was able to eat a light snack at night. By the day after, I was better! If this happens to you, you definitely need to just lie down for as long as it takes for you to feel better and drink plenty of iced water to cool you down.

Comment from: Tommy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I have had chronic pancreatitis about 3 1/2 years ago and now suffering from constant diarrhea.

Comment from: heat exhaustion, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

My heat exhaustion was 3 days ago doing poop patrol. I started profuse sweating, dripping off my face, dizzy and feeling like the instant flu. I started vomiting in the kitchen sink, came into the living room, and then the gush of vomit came into a towel! After that my muscles hurt, I had head ache, and I went to bed after drinking some Coke! Heat gets to 120 degrees at the Salton Sea in southern California, we are 100 feet above sea level! Hottest place on American soil!


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Comment from: Helping Hand, 45-54 Female Published: July 18

I was on a bike trip through Vermont. The temperature was in the 100's that week. As I was approaching the campground one afternoon, I suddenly became, shaky, nauseated and I could barely pedal my bike. As soon as we got to the campground, a co-rider sat me down under a shade tree next to the river, wet his bandana and applied it to my neck and forehead and got me some cool water to drink. I started to feel better after about 15 minutes in the shade.

Published: July 29

Around 2:30pm in the afternoon on July 24, 2011 I was riding my scooter and collapsed from severe heat exhaustion and dehydration. I was very weak and lightheaded and couldn't get up on my own. A fireman came to my rescue and had someone call 9-1-1 to get the police and EMS. EMS took me to the ER. All my vital signs were very elevated. I was in the ER Intensive Care on monitors, oxygen and IV fluids. I was out cold and unresponsive for 4 hours. The doctors got very concerned and sent me for a chest x-ray and a CT scan of my head. Luckily all the tests came back okay. Once 3 bags of IV fluids worked through my body I woke up and started talking. I got discharged around 8:30 pm that night. Remember to know the signs of heat exhaustion because heat exhaustion can lead into a heat stroke which can be fatal. Always wear light and loose clothing when outside and never be outside for more than 15-20 minutes. Always have a bottle of water and never wear a helmet in the extreme heat. Find a shady spot and call for help if not feeling well.

Comment from: ddferrari, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

While outside quite a bit on an extremely hot and humid day, I started to feel light headed and out of breath. I went inside a well air conditioned house and sat down. I was sweating profusely and was dizzy and nauseated. I had trouble talking, like it required too much energy. I ended up squatting on the floor- that seemed to help with the dizziness and nausea. I was able to drink a few glasses of cold water, and was able to stand up without feeling faint after the third try.

Comment from: aannyoakley, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

Remember cool water, not ice water helps to cool you down and hydrate you better.

Comment from: niko, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I have had heat exhaustion episodes ever since I was a kid, if the sun is shining on me too long. It begins with a headache, then I start sweating really bad, and the headache gets worse. Sometimes I get dizzy and can’t even open my eyes or walk. Many times I am on the verge of passing out. Water never ever works for me. I usually have to lay down sprawled out because at this point I stop sweating. I have to sleep it off for many hours. Sometimes I wake and the headache is still lightly there. The only drink that I have in my trunk or in my freezer during summer months is Gatorade. I can’t even bike ride when the sun is up. I am now 35 and my first occurrence was when I was 8.


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