Differences & Signs of Heat Stroke & Heat Exhaustion

Have you ever spent a lot of time in the sun only to end the day still feeling physically hot and exhausted? Heat affects our bodies in numerous ways and we can find ourselves suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Headaches is a sign for heat exhaustion & heat stroke

Heat Exhaustion

Heat Exhaustion occurs when you’ve been out too long in hot temperatures and you’re typically dehydrated from lack of water and/or salt. 

Signs of Heat Exhaustion

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Thirst
  • Muscle cramps/aches
  • Weakness
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Clammy Skin
  • Grumpiness

Heat Stroke

Heat Stroke occurs because your body is overheating. This is the more extreme condition, which could potentially kill your or do some real damage to your organs. If you are experiencing heat stroke, you need to seek medical attention.

Signs of Heat Stroke

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Hot, feeling flushed
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Vomiting/nausea
  • Dry skin
  • Shortness of breathe
  • Confusion

Regardless whether you have heat exhaustion or heat stroke, if you are experiencing any severe signs, you should go seek medical help. Also, get to the hospital if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness/confusion
  • Very rapid or very slow heartbeat
  • Convulsions
  • Any other concerning signs

In other words, if you are not starting to feel better by sitting inside and hydrating, then your best bet is to see a doctor.

Hopefully this summer season, we don’t experience any heat related conditions but it’s always better to be aware of the signs.

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