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Fainting due to Heat Treatment

Treatment for heat syncope includes removing clothing, a tepid water bath or sponge bath, oral fluids, intravenous fluids, cardiac monitoring, and rest in a cool environment.

Treatment for heat syncope includes:

  • Oral rehydration therapy for older children and adults:
    • Drink clear liquids only, such as water, sports drinks (best), fruit juice and dilute tea.
    • Drink small quantities of fluids frequently, such as 2 tablespoons of fluid every 5 minutes.
    • The absence of food allows the intestines to rest.
    • May be able to advance to full liquid diet once symptoms improve
    • Effective to treat mild to moderate dehydration
  • Drink liquids that contain salt:
    • Gatorade
    • Powerade
  • Intravenous fluids for dehydration:
  • Rest in a cool environment

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Last Updated: Sep 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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