What Is Heat Exhaustion And How Can You Prevent It?

As summer approaches, it brings along an intense heat and the opportunity for outdoor adventure. While most people enjoy the outdoors without issue, heat exhaustion can be an issue—and it's one you should be aware of.

Heat exhaustion is a condition brought on by extremely high temperatures, especially when the humidity is high and people are participating in physical activity. It is usually exacerbated by dehydration and without treatment, heat exhaustion can turn into heatstroke, which is a life threatening condition.

Heat exhaustion is characterized by a rapid pulse, profuse sweating, nausea and a headache. If you think you're experiencing heat exhaustion, you should stop physical activity and find a cool place to rest. Drinking water or sports drinks help too, but if your body reaches temperatures higher than 104 degrees you should seek medical help.

Here's How You Can Prevent Heat Exhaution:

—Wear sunscreen

—Choose light colored, loose-fitting clothing

—Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, but be wary of salt-depletion

—Avoid alcohol and caffeine