Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Posted on July 18th, 2022 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

As the weather continues to get warmer and we’re spending more time outdoors under the hot sun, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses to protect yourself and others from the serious and potentially life-threatening consequences.  

What is Heat Exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is caused by exposure to high temperatures, often coupled with high humidity and strenuous physical activity. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body is overheated, and as a result, excess amounts of water and salt are expelled, usually in the form of sweating. Fortunately, heat exhaustion is preventable and will subside if the body is cooled. 

Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: 

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Agitation 
  • Excessive thirst
  • Muscle aches and cramps
  • Slow or weakened heartbeat
  • Fainting
  • Drenching sweats often accompanied by cold, clammy skin

What is Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke is a more severe reaction to overheating when the body is unable to control its internal temperature. Intense heat exhaustion can turn into heat stroke if the body is not cooled down soon. Heat stroke is considered a very serious medical emergency, and medical treatment should be administered immediately.   

Signs of Heat Stroke

Symptoms of heat stroke can occur suddenly and without signs of heat exhaustion first. Some of the signs to look out for include: 

  • A body temperature of 103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. 
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion and loss of consciousness
  • Convulsions

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