During waves of oppressive or extreme heat, it is harder for your body to cool and maintain its temperature within normal limits. During these waves, prolonged exposure to heat, excessive physical effort or very heavy sweating can have certain effects on health.
It is important to monitor any deterioration in the health of an adult with the following symptoms:
If you have questions regarding your health, call Info-Santé 811 or consult with a health professional, a pharmacist for instance.
Other symptoms require immediate medical intervention, meaning within 2 hours. An adult with one or more of the following symptoms must promptly be taken to emergency or 9-1-1 called on their behalf:
Heat stroke is the most serious effect of oppressive and extreme heat. It can occur suddenly and quickly lead to death if not treated.
Certain symptoms may indicate complications linked to oppressive or extreme heat:
The deterioration of a child’s health, especially the very young, can be quick and difficult to notice. When a baby or child shows symptoms, a medical consultation is usually necessary. If you are unsure, contact Info-Santé 811. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
You can take certain precautions to prevent the effects of oppressive and extreme heat, such as hydrating yourself well and refreshing yourself often. Further advice to ensure the well-being of you and your loved ones during heat waves is available on the Preventing the Effects of Oppressive and Extreme Heat page.
There are greater risks of feeling discomfort due to oppressive or extreme heat:
Certain people are more at risk of developing complications if exposed to oppressive or extreme heat:
Last update: July 11, 2017 1:05 PM
The information on this website by no means replaces the advice of a health professional. If you have questions regarding your health, contact Info-Santé 811 or see a health professional.