The Mayo Clinic staff has written a review of heat exhaustion.

As we stagger through this summer, here’s what we should know.

Heat exhaustion: A condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating.

The article covers symptoms, causes, and risk factors. Let’s focus on treatment.

  • Rest in a cool place, with your legs elevated higher than your heart.
  • Drink cool fluids — water or sports drinks, not alcohol or caffeine containing beverages.
  • Apply cool water to your skin, but don’t use alcohol.
  • Loosen clothing making sure your clothes are lightweight and nonbinding.

The bottom line?

If you don’t begin to feel better within 60 minutes, seek prompt medical attention.

On a related topic, here’s an overview that should help you recognize your need for hydration.

8/9/11 21:08 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.