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Learning about Heatstroke

Heatstroke Symptoms

Heatstroke is a general term for a number of symptoms that appear when our bodies are unable to adapt to a hot and humid environment.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have heatstroke.

  • Symptom1

    Dizziness or hot flashes

    Dizziness, lightheadedness, and hot flashes are all symptoms of heatstroke and in some cases include temporary loss of consciousness or abdominal pain.

  • Symptom2

    Muscle pain and cramps

    Victims may suffer from arm or leg cramps similar to a charley horse. Muscles may also involuntarily twitch into spasms or become hard.

  • Symptom3

    Fatigue and nausea

    The victim may feel listless and lacking in energy, accompanied by nausea and vomiting, or a headache.

  • Symptom4

    Unusual sweating or none

    Sweating patterns may be unusual. For example, non-stop perspiration or none at all. If this happens, suspect heatstroke.

  • Symptom5

    High temperature, abnormal skin condition

    If body temperature is high and skin feels hot to the touch, or if the skin is red and dry, these are heatstroke symptoms, too.

  • Symptom6

    Not responding to calls, not able to walk straight

    If the victim does not respond when being spoken to or responds in a strange manner, is having convulsions, or is not able to walk straight, heatstroke is severe. Get medical help immediately.

  • Symptom7

    Cannot hydrate

    If the victim can't respond to and unable to hydrate, this is an emergency. Do not try to force the victim to drink. Get medical help immediately.