What are the treatments for Heat Exhaustion?
The main cause of heat exhaustion is failure of the body's cooling mechanism (mainly evaporative sweating) to maintain a normal core body temperature, resulting in the body overheating. This can occur in adults, children and animals (dogs and cats, for example).
Factors that can contribute to heat exhaustion include
- strenuous work or exercise in a warm or hot environment,
- alcohol intake, and
- wearing clothing that inhibits evaporative cooling of the body.
The elderly and children under 5 years of age are at higher risk for developing heat exhaustion.