Heat exhaustion and treatment
During extreme hot weather, you may develop heat exhaustion or even heatstroke which can be a life threatening condition. This happens when someone becomes dehydrated due to loss of water.
Follow the steps below to help prevent this:
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol which can dehydrate you
- Protect yourself by following the five steps above
- Limit physical activity and time outdoors during hot weather.
For more tips on treating heat exhaustion, click here.
Only visit the hospital if you have a medical emergency. If it is a medical emergency, you need to call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. Some of the conditions that are considered medical emergencies include chest pain or tightness, sudden weakness or numbness to the face, arm or leg, breathing difficulties and sudden collapse or unconsciousness.