Heat Exhaustion

What is heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion occurs when the body becomes overheated and cannot cool itself down. It happens most often during high temperatures and humidity and activities such as manual labor and exercise can also contribute to heat exhaustion. When the body sweats but fluids are not replaced, dehydration can occur which eventually leads to heat exhaustion.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, muscle cramps, headache, nausea or vomiting, swollen ankles, feet, or hands, and a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Treatment involves getting the individual into the shade or a cool place and drinking plenty of fluids.

If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can eventually lead to a more serious condition known as heat stroke. If you or a loved one is showing symptoms of heat exhaustion, seek help at Schneck Medical Center.

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