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Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a heat-related syndrome, which ranges in severity from mild heat cramps to heat exhaustion to potentially life-threatening heatstroke.

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion often begin suddenly, sometimes after excessive exercise, heavy perspiration, and inadequate fluid or salt intake. Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

•    Feeling faint or dizzy
•    Nausea
•    Heavy sweating
•    Rapid, weak heartbeat
•    Low blood pressure
•    Cool, moist, pale skin
•    Low-grade fever
•    Heat cramps
•    Headache
•    Fatigue
•    Dark-colored urine

If you suspect heat exhaustion:
•    Get the person out of the sun and into a shady or air-conditioned location.
•    Lay the person down and elevate the legs and feet slightly.
•    Loosen or remove the person's clothing.
•    Have the person drink cool water or other nonalcoholic beverage without caffeine.
•    Cool the person by spraying or sponging him or her with cool water and fanning.
•    Monitor the person carefully. Heat exhaustion can quickly become heatstroke.
•    If fever greater than 102 F (38.9 C), fainting, confusion or seizures occur, call 911 or emergency medical help.

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