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How do I care for someone suffering from heat exhaustion?

The first step in caring for someone who has heat exhaustion is to get the person out of the sun and into a cool area, if possible. Apply water or mist to the skin, and fan the person to help with evaporative cooling. The person should then rehydrate with cool liquids, preferably water, and rest for the remainder of the day.
If the person’s condition does not improve or he or she refuses fluids, has a change in consciousness, or vomits, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number, as these are indications that the person’s condition is getting worse.
  • Stop giving fluids and place the person on his or her side to keep the airway open.
  • Watch for signs of breathing problems.
  • Keep the person lying down and continue to cool the body any way you can.

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