During summer, Tennessee gets hotter than Prince’s hot chicken. So it’s important to understand heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Both conditions can occur after too much time in high heat and humidity, yet the symptoms of these two conditions are quite different. What Is Heat Exhaustion? According to the Mayo Clinic, heat exhaustion can occur when you’ve been exposed to high temperatures, humidity and/or overexertion. Ultimately, this heat illness occurs when your body can’t cool itself through sweating. Symptoms include a rapid pulse, profuse sweating, dark-colored urine, nausea/vomiting, muscle cramps, headache and clammy skin. It’s important to seek medical treatment if you think you have heat exhaustion, as it could lead to heat stroke. What Is a Heat Stroke? Heat stroke occurs after you’ve been in the sun so long that your body’s temperature stays at 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The risk of heat stroke is higher for those who work outdoors and those with mental illness, as well as overweight and obese individuals, the elderly and children (especially infants), those …
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