Dallas Acupuncturist Tells How to Recognize Heat Exhaustion

SunDallas Acupuncturist Nancy Corsaro, here.  Given the record high temps in Dallas and elsewhere in the country, we all need to be aware of how to recognize heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and what to do.

The body cools itself by sweating and allowing that sweat to evaporate. This requires enough fluid in the body to make sweat, air circulating across the skin, and low air humidity to allow that sweat to evaporate. Activity in a hot environment can overwhelm the body’s ability to cool itself, causing heat-related symptoms.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include profuse sweating, weakness, nausea, vomiting, headache, lightheadedness, and muscle cramps.

Move the person out of the heat immediately and administer plenty of water or a sports drink.  If symptoms do not improve, or if vomiting prevents intake of water, call 911.

Heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke when the body’s temperature regulation fails. The affected individual becomes confused, lethargic and may have a seizure; the skin stops sweating and the body temperature may exceed 106 F (41 C ). This is a life-threatening condition. Call 911 immediately.

Children and the elderly are the most likely to experience heat exhaustion, so be sure to keep them hydrated and cool in these high temperatures.

Watermelon is a great way to cool the body and increase body fluids, so take one along for outdoor activities.

Stay cool!

Dallas Acupucturist and herbalist Nancy L. Corsaro, L.Ac. practices in Carrollton, TX and also serves Dallas, Addison, Farmers Branch, Plano, Coppell and Lewisville.