Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are dangerous conditions that can affect anyone outdoors in the heat. Learn to recognize these conditions and how to treat them. Have your fun in the sun, safely.
Preventing Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
Summer means fun and sun. Whether at the beach, on the trail, or in the backyard, this time of year we want to be outdoors as much as possible. But summer also means heat, and too much exposure to the heat can be dangerous. When exhaustion sets in, precautions should be taken.
Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
Heat exhaustion happens when the temperature is high and you lose more fluids than you take in. When you are unable to rehydrate yourself, heat exhaustion may cause you to feel nauseous, thirsty, dizzy, and weak. You may sweat profusely and have a rapid heart beat and throbbing headache.
Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke if lost fluids are not replaced and your body temperature rises unchecked. The symptoms for heat stroke include those listed for heat exhaustion, although they may last longer and be more pronounced.
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