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Prevent This Honeymoon Problem – Heat Exhaustion

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Prevent This Honeymoon Problem – Heat Exhaustion

You are likely to be spending a good number of hours on your honeymoon in the sun. Walking, outdoor shopping, swimming or relaxing by the sea, you are bound to be exposed to the sun if you have opted for a warm honeymoon destination.

If you are not well protected by a hat, cap or umbrella, or if you are not drinking enough water, you could be affected by heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion is one of the heat-related syndromes, which range in severity from mild heat cramps to heat exhaustion to potentially life-threatening heatstroke.

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion often begin suddenly, sometimes after excessive exercise, heavy perspiration, and inadequate fluid or salt intake.

Signs and symptoms resemble those of shock and may include:

  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Nausea
  • Heavy sweating
  • Rapid, weak heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Cool, moist, pale skin
  • Low-grade fever
  • Heat cramps
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dark-colored urine

If you suspect heat exhaustion:

  • Get the person out of the sun and into the shade or an air-conditioned location.
  • Lay the person down and elevate the legs and feet slightly.
  • Loosen or remove the person's clothing.
  • Have the person drink cool water or any other nonalcoholic beverage without caffeine.
  • Cool the person by spraying or sponging with cool water and fanning.
  • Monitor the person carefully. Heat exhaustion can quickly become heatstroke.

Call emergency medical help if the person's condition deteriorates, especially if fainting, confusion or seizures occur, or if fever of 40 C or greater occurs with other symptoms.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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