Symptoms of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

A proper caregiver agency in Los Angeles—and especially one in Los Angeles, should make sure that its team of caregivers and caregiving professionals are well-trained and able to handle the unfortunate situation, if ever it should come, when their clients and/or wards are drained and break down due to the heat.

There is no denying the levels of heat in the state of CA, even more so in the city of Los Angeles, a sprawling city in Southern California. State-wide temperature averages can reach up to the high hundreds thanks to heat waves and pollution. Extra measures for care should be observed and practiced especially by the elderly and older adults who find themselves more vulnerable to external stressors such as heat.

Our expert caregivers in Los Angeles always make it a point to keep you safe and cool, thanks to extensive training and orientation programs that they undergo to make sure that they’re equipped with the knowledge and skills to properly handle any situation that involves heat stress and/or heat exhaustion. It’s a given—especially since they’re working in a part of America where the climate can become unforgivingly scalding sometimes. You won’t have to worry due to the threat of exhaustion, dehydration, or being unable to recover from a breakdown if you’re living all alone. We believe that caregiving is also about having a valuable companion in times of stress or emergency.

Knowledge is the first step to conquering the enemy. In this case, the enemy is the excessive heat that blankets and envelops your surroundings. Did you know that heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two very different things? Knowing the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke is incredibly useful when the time comes that you’ll have to seek out remedies for yourself, or when you’ll have to tell our caregivers what you’re feeling so that they can help you effectively.  It’s also good to know the different symptoms of each, in case you have family members or friends that are sensitive to the heat and might need looking after.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is when the heat starts getting to you. It’s far less severe than heat stroke is, and can usually be treated by resting and cooling down for a few couple minutes. Although if it is left unchecked, heat exhaustion can develop into the more complicated and much more threatening heat stroke. Heat exhaustion’s symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating and pale skin
  • Cramps
  • Heightened body temperature
  • Severe thirst

Heat Stroke

People have died due to heat stroke. That’s how severe heat can affect a person’s functioning, safety and wellbeing. In tropical countries such as the ones found in Southeast Asia, when they experience months that are considered as summer in the US, death or hospital confinement rates due to heat stroke rise. Heat stroke is also known as sunstroke and it is considered to be life-threatening by many credible institutions. That’s why proper education among people is vital in order to fight against this condition. Symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Throbbing headache
  • Nausea
  • Lack of sweating
  • Dry, red, hot skin
  • Vomiting
  • Debilitating cramps
  • Collapsing

Beat the Heat

Small practices such as staying hydrated throughout the day, wearing loose and light clothing, and staying in places with shade or good air circulation go a long way in fighting back the threat of conditions brought about by excessively hot climates.

Care World Home Care’s caregivers in Los Angeles are trained, and well-equipped to help you monitor yourself and keep the threat of heat stroke or heat exhaustion at bay. Your wellbeing is our first priority, and you can rest assured knowing that your safety is in the hands of experienced and well-trained professionals. Visit our services page for more details, or contact us by calling (1800) 418-8576, or visit our contact page.