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Heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a warning that your body is overheating.

Signs include:

  • Cool, clammy pale skin and sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue, weakness or dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps
  • Irregular pulse – it can be either weak or rapid

If you have any of those symptoms, try the following steps:

  • Drink cool, non-alcoholic or non-caffeinated beverages.
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath.
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • Go to where there's air conditioning.

If those steps don't work, seek help at your nearest Doctors Care center.  Heat exhaustion can advance to heat stroke. Symptoms include:

  • High body temperature
  • Rapid pulse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Strange behavior, which can include hallucinations, confusion, disorientation or agitation
  • Seizures
  • Coma

If you or someone else has those symptoms, call 911 immediately. Until help arrives, get the victim to a shady area, remove his or her clothing and apply cool water to the skin. You also can fan the victim and apply ice packs under the armpits and near the groin.

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