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Stress in the Elderly /
Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
Warning signs vary but may include the following:
- Heavy sweating
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin: may be cool and moist
- Pulse rate: fast and weak
- Breathing: fast and shallow
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself
You can follow these prevention tips to protect
yourself from heat-related stress:
- Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. (If your
doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you
drink or has you on water pills, ask him how
much you should drink when the weather is hot.
Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they
can cause cramps.)
- Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
- If possible, seek an air-conditioned
environment. (If you don't have air
conditioning, consider visiting an
air-conditioned shopping mall or public library
to cool off.)
- Wear lightweight clothing.
- If possible, remain indoors in the heat of
- Do not engage in strenuous activities.