Heat Stroke

Heat Stroke vs. Heat Exhaustion

Ohio residents tend to spend more time outside in the hot sun as the weather warms up. While lounging out in the sun might be a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous. When you are out in the sun, you may experience one of two potentially serious conditions: heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Knowing the difference between these heat-related illnesses is crucial as it could save your life or the life of a loved one.

The easiest way to tackle this duo is to stay hydrated with water and electrolyte-containing drinks like coconut water or fruit juice. Staying cool is another excellent way to avoid these heat-related issues; therefore, investing in an in-ground swimming pool can be a pretty good idea.

What is Heat Exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is caused by extreme sweating and heat, which depletes your body’s water, electrolytes, and salt. In addition to avoiding sitting in direct sun, dipping in a pool may be the most effective way to prevent heat exhaustion and ensure that you and your loved ones keep enjoying the summertime in Ohio. Another great way is to take regular breaks, which can also be accomplished with pools. Wearing loose or light clothing can also be helpful. 

Dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fast pulse, muscle cramps, fatigue, fainting, and heavy sweating are the common symptoms of heat exhaustion. If you experience any of these symptoms, you must act immediately.

First and foremost, get out of the sun. Although an air-conditioned space is ideal, a shaded in-ground swimming pool can also work just fine. Drink plenty of water but be careful, as drinking too much water too quickly can be dangerous. If the symptoms linger more than an hour or worsen, seek medical attention right away.

What is Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke is a type of hyperthermia in which the body’s temperature rises dramatically. This is a life-threatening medical emergency that should not be taken lightly. A heat stroke occurs when your body can no longer dissipate heat, and your temperature climbs to 103°F or higher. Heat stroke prevention is the same as heat exhaustion prevention, keep cool, stay hydrated, and take frequent breaks.

The symptoms of heat stroke differ slightly from those of heat exhaustion, so knowing the difference can save lives. Heat stroke is characterized by a high body temperature, a lack of perspiration, hot red or flushed, dry skin, a rapid pulse, nausea, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness, and difficulty breathing. As you can see, heat stroke is far more severe than heat exhaustion.

It is important that if you notice any of these symptoms, you call 911 immediately since heat stroke is a medical emergency. Next, get to a cooler spot, remove your clothing, and apply cool water to your skin, get in your pool or use a hose or even ice packs, as you wait for emergency assistance.

During Ohio’s sweltering summers, swimming pools can be a godsend. Swimming in the cold pool water can be just what you need to make the most of your summers!

If you are looking to renovate your existing swimming pool or build a new in-ground swimming pool, contact Hawaiian Pools today. Call us at (419) 878.7946 or email us at mkerr@hawaiianpoolbuilders.com for a free consultation.

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