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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