From Heat Exhaustion to Heat Stroke

shutterstock_185218067Walking along the shore, wind in your hair and sun up above. Not a care in the world. Enjoy a little bit of heaven but remember: hours in the sun can lead to a dangerous condition called heat exhaustion. Muscle cramps, nausea, dehydration and headache are all signs that you should take cover and rehydrate. Use ice or a wet towel to cool off. Take a cool bath or shower.

Children younger than four, adults older than 65 and people with a serious health condition are most vulnerable. More obvious signs of heat exhaustion include confusion, profuse sweating, and a rapid heart rate. People overheated also might look pale or even vomit.

Worst case scenario, heat exhaustion could escalate to heat stroke when brain damage or damage to other vital organs occurs. Heat stroke is a failure of the body’s temperature control system after exposure to high temperatures. The signs of a heat stroke usually include fainting, seizures, and disorientation. If you suspect someone is having a heat stroke, call 911. It’s a serious medical emergency.