According to "Readers Digest" if you have been out side in Extreme temperatures for an extended period of time, your body may be in danger of dehydration. If you find you are profusely perspiring, this is a sure sign that you may be in danger of a heat stroke.

Excessive perspiration is an indicator you may be in danger of a heat stroke

This is the hottest time of the summer and many people may not understand the signals their body is sending regarding dehydration. One signal your body may be sending to let you know it is in trouble is, is profuse sweating.

Last week I saw a woman in the produce aisle of a store who was stumbling. I told my husband I believe she may be sick and within minutes she seemed about to pass out. As she was lowered into a chair I could see that the front and back of her tank top were soaking wet.

She lay her head down as if she were going to pass out and people began fanning her. Eventually, someone gave her a bottled water. A man who was checking her vitals said that she was dehydrated but would be alright. It turns out she had walked to the store in the heat and was going to carry her groceries on the bus. The excessive perspiration was an indicator that she was close to heat stroke. By giving her the water and getting her to sit down it was avoided.

According to "Readers Digest" if an individual does not receive fluids while perspiring profusely the next danger sign would be to stop sweating altogether. When the sweat glands stop producing, the body cannot cool itself down and heat stroke is the result. This is a dangerous situation and is why it is important to stay well hydrated.

Tips to prevent heat exhaustion

There are a number of things you can do if you believe you have allowed your body to over heat. If your sweat glands are no longer producing perspiration, the first thing you need to do is to remove yourself from the extreme heat. Next, it is important to cool down. Take off your hot clothing and take a cool shower or bath.

You can also utilize ice packs if needed. The idea is to cool down your body temperature as quickly as possible and prevent Heat Exhaustion.

Those over age 55 should be especially cautious.Older adults should limit their time in the sun because aging bodies have trouble regulating temperatures. This is why you may see older adults who seem colder or hotter than others around them. Senior citizens especially `should also make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This will prevent dehydration and possible heat exhaustion.