Heat Illness Treatment
Treatment depends on the severity of the heat illness. Treatment for mild heat illness involves avoiding the warm environment and oral fluids. Treatment for heat exhaustion may include removing clothing, tepid water bath or sponge bath, oral fluids, intravenous fluids, and rest in a cool environment.
General treatment for heat illness include:
- 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:
- Intravenous fluids for dehydration
- Rest in a cool environment
For more information:
Heat Illness Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat heat illness:
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