Hot and cold conditions

Your body can be damaged by exposure to extremes of heat (e.g. too much sunshine) or cold (e.g. being out in a blizzard with too little clothing). Get first aid advice on treating a range of conditions caused by extremes of heat and cold.

• Excess heat – Learn about the effects of dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke caused by excessive heat and the effect that heat can have on the skin (e.g. burns, scalds and heat rash).

• Excess cold – Hypothermia is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by being too cold and frostbite can also have serious consequences. Find out how to help with these conditions.

You can also get information on the effect that heat can have on the skin and what to do about burns, scalds and heat rash.

Topics

Dehydration

Burns and scalds

Frostbite

Heat exhaustion

Heat rash

Heatstroke

Hypothermia

Sunburn

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