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HEAT EXHAUSTION VS. HEATSTROKE

 

According to the Centers for Disease CUPMC July19 Heat 300x324pxontrol and Prevention, on average, over 600 people die froim complications related to extreme heat each year in the United States. For a print out click here.

 

Heat exhaustion is the precursor to heatstroke and is a direct result of the body overheating. When heat exhaustion is not addressed, heatstroke can follow.

 

Heatstroke is the most severe heat-related illness and, without emergency treatment, it can lead to death. It results when your body temperature rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. At this temperature, your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles can also become damaged, leading to serious complications or death.

 

 

HEAT EXHAUSTION SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

 

  • Throbbing headache
  • Darkening of the eyes
  • Faint or dizzy
  • Excessive sweating
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Cool, pale clammy skin

 

 

 

STEPS TO OVERCOME HEAT EXHAUSTION

 

Get to a cooler, air conditioned place out of sunlight.
Take a cool shower or cover with cool, damp cloths.
Remove any unnecessary layers of clothing.
Lay on your back and elevate your head.
Drink plenty of water.

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HEATSTROKE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

 

In the case of heatstroke, seeking medical attention is an ABSOLUTE MUST!  Call 911 immediately! Take immediate action to cool the person until help arrives.

 

  • Throbbing headache
  • Confusion, disorientation
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Lack of sweating
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Hight body temperature (over 104F)
  • Red, hot, dry skin

 

 

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