What Does Heat Exhaustion Feel Like?

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

It’s one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe.

How long do you feel bad after heat exhaustion?

Recovery time

In most people, symptoms of heat exhaustion will start to improve within 30 minutes. However, if symptoms do not improve after 30–60 minutes, seek medical attention.

What do you do for heat exhaustion?

If you suspect heat exhaustion, take these steps immediately:

  • Move the person out of the heat and into a shady or air-conditioned place.
  • Lay the person down and elevate the legs and feet slightly.
  • Remove tight or heavy clothing.
  • Have the person drink cool water or other nonalcoholic beverage without caffeine.

Can heat exhaustion last for days?

Living with heat exhaustion and heatstroke

This can last for about a week. It’s important to rest and let your body recover. Avoid hot weather and exercise. Ask your doctor when it’s safe to return to your normal activities.