PSA Heat Exhaustion VS Heat Stroke Guide

For those of you who have dogs,

It’s 109 outside here at 12:15. That means the temp is still going to go up for another 6 hours at least and I have to be at work at 4.

This is going to be ugly.

14 thoughts on “PSA Heat Exhaustion VS Heat Stroke Guide

  1. Phil- several years ago I read a Navy report about sailors that had to work in extremely hot areas. One of the best ways to cool was to submerge both forearms into icewater. I did that when living on the coast of Georgia. Seemed to help. Ice makers are our friend!


  2. I hate to load up your comments, but I have been in your situation. Had a lady in the upholstery shop (airplane company) sew soft Velcro to back of cap. Cut up tee shirt with hook Velcro. Kept sun off back of neck. Also used those cheap soak collars for neck. If really bad, wore tucked-in long sleeve shirt over tee shirt that stayed unbuttoned. Offered a billowing effect.


  3. I’ve had both. The sudden realization the heat has overcome is not pleasant, and I was lucky to have somewhere close to escape the heat. My brother wasn’t. The Coast Guard found his body in a saltwater marsh.


  4. When I was in the navy, I was in the engine room, hotter than hell. They made us take salt pills on a regular basis. I recommend you do the same. If you don’t have salt pills, gatorade or some other electrolytes. Better yet, stay home under the ac.


    • I went to a medical seminar on heat disorders many years ago, and the MD leading it made the point that gatorade is too concentrated, and should be diluted 50:50 with water. The point that electrolytes need replacing is crucial. Many collapsed marathoners have been found to be not dehydrated, but hyponatremic (low sodium) from sweating it out. All distance runs now have both water and erg (electrolyte replacement glucose) and I always grabbed one of each.


      • Good points, Greg. I wouldn’t take “salt tablets” or even most commercial sports drinks. Too much sugar in the latter, and it’s hard to know how much salt you’re ingesting for the former. Fred is absolutely right about needing electrolytes, but these days there are better ways of getting them. Pedialyte — or generic equivalents — are actually a pretty good idea.

        I’ve pushed myself into heat exhaustion a few times. One time I stupidly decided that a big glass of orange juice was just the ticket to perk myself up after running 10 miles in 90+ heat: water, sugar, electrolytes! What could go wrong? Well, uncontrollable vomiting about 30 seconds after ingesting that huge hit of sugar. I made it to the bathroom, but couldn’t even hold it to aim for the toilet. Painted that bathtub a nice cheery shade of orange though. After that I couldn’t even hold down plain water and puked that up too. Like Phil’s graphic, I was nauseous, sweaty clammy, and really lightheaded. It was actually kind of scary. Laying down on the floor in a fetal ball suddenly felt like a great option, and that’s what I did.

        Fortunately my housemate at the time was this German EMT and he had some electrolyte mix (basically Pedialyte equivalent, much lower sugar than Gatorade, but more electrolytes per volume) and I was able to get that down and keep it down.


  5. Meanwhile, right now it’s 73 degrees and raining in North Texas. This year just gets more bizarre all the time. Lots of vegetation never recovered from the deep freeze. We don’t have any cicadas buzzing in the trees which is the normal sound of a Texas summer. We even had a pair of mallards land in the yard and patrol the property on foot for a while and I have never seen waterfowl actually land here.


    • I’ve lived in DFW over 20 years, and I’ve never seen it like this. It’s downright pleasant out today. Even so, I have plenty of water for the pups, and an enclosed patio with a fan running. One of them likes that. The others loaf here in the AC


  6. I was in Kuwait in desert pinks walking across the flight line and it was 124 degrees. The flight tower saw me go down. I had heat stroke and i had no memory of what happened. I was 105 degrees when the medics took my temp. They packed me in ice to get my core temperature down with a saline drip going in my arm. I got light duty indoors for the rest of my tour. It took a couple of years before I could stand to be outside when it was in the upper 90’s or higher.


  7. For the last few days my Berner has been in jail in the travel trailer, which has a great AC. He”s going nuts, but oh well. Mountain dogs suffer anywhere over 70F. Sat – 106, Sun 110, today 113.


  8. Water, water, water and more water and not in one gulp. Its the elixir of life pedialite if you have it. North of Texson and we had some near hundreds several days ago and then rain and 90’s. Strange season this year probably el nino or la nina i forget which. Not normal but I do remember 35 straight days above 100 several years ago but I was a yonker then. You guys take care and have some water in your vehicles just in case. I never leave home without it.


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