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Heat Exhaustion

Feeling the Heat? Know the Signs

Stomach, arm and leg cramps are often the first sign of heat illness, followed by thirst, fatigue and weakness.

Stop your activity, drink water and move to the shade to gently stretch. If you don't feel better within 30 minutes, call your doctor.

Seek immediate help if you or a family member has the following symptoms:

  • Skin that's hot and dry, but not sweating.
  • Confusion.
  • Fainting.
  • Vomiting.
  • Trouble breathing.


Summer heat can be dangerous. Spending too much time outdoors when the temperature soars can result in heat exhaustion, causing profuse sweating, fatigue and dizziness.

For seniors, heat stroke is even more serious. It involves a rise in body temperature since the body's sweating mechanism is no longer working.

If you become very hot and flushed and are not sweating, take a cool bath, drink fluids and seek medical attention.

To avoid being sidelined this summer, remember these tips:

  • Don't stay in the heat for long periods.

  • Don't schedule physically strenuous work for during midday hours.

  • Rest in a cool place; drink plenty of fluids.

This information is not a substitute for consultation with a personal physician.

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