Caffeine. Beer. Wine coolers. Grilling. Summer is a time for relaxing and enjoying your favorite food and drinks. However, summer is also a time for heatwaves. In short order, 100 degree days can overwhelm even the most fit among us. Learn the signs of heat exhaustion, heat stroke because one needs to anticipate the signs and plan beforehand to avoid them.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
dizziness and light-headedness,
lack of sweating despite the heat,
red, hot, and dry skin,
muscle weakness or cramps,
nausea and vomiting,
rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak,
rapid, shallow breathing.
If you have any of these signs, call 911. Your body is struggling to survive and you risk permanent organ damage or death by delaying treatment.
The most common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration),
muscle or abdominal cramps,
nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Now that you know the signs, what is the difference between the two? With heat stroke, it is rapid pulse and shallow breathing. You body will have stopped sweating whereas with heat exhaustion you are sweating profusely.
The biggest step is to avoid the heat, naturally. The next step is to cool yourself internally by drinking cold liquids. Your body will need fluids to sweat out.