Heat conditions to be on guard for

  • Updated: July 1, 2012 - 8:18 PM

HEATSTROKE AND HEAT EXHAUSTION

A few facts about heatstroke, courtesy of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis:

What is it: Heatstroke occurs when the body's temperature rises rapidly and the body is unable to cool down. Heatstroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Symptoms: High body temperature (above 103°), the absence of sweating, with hot, red or flushed dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, confusion, unconsciousness, coma.

Then there's heat exhaustion:

What is it: A milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate replacement of fluids.

Symptoms: Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fainting.

Source: Hennepin County Medical Center (www.hcmc.org)
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