While the summer season is associated with plenty of outdoor fun and activities, some precautions should be considered when exposed to the summer’s heat. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are both heat related illnesses but differ in terms of their severity and symptoms. Heat exhaustion is an illness that occurs when the body becomes overheated due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures or intense physical exertion in a hot environment. It is a milder form of illness compared to heatstroke but still requires prompt attention and treatment to prevent it from progressing to a more severe condition. Heatstroke, also known as sunstroke, is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s core temperature rises to a dangerously high level, typically above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are the key differences between the two:
It is important to note that heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke if not properly treated or if the person remains in a hot environment. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking prompt medical attention is crucial for both conditions, but heat stroke requires immediate and more aggressive intervention due to its potential life-threatening nature. To avoid heat stroke or heat exhaustion, it is important to take certain precautions and practice heat safety measures. Here are some tips to help you stay safe in hot summer weather:
In review, be mindful this summer if you or someone else experiences symptoms such as dizziness, headache, nausea, rapid heartbeat, confusion, or fainting as these could be signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Also, the information here is not a substitute for professional medical advice so if you suspect heatstroke or have concerns, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately.
— This article is written by Deryk Harting, DC, one of the members of Chambers Medical Group’s team of car accident chiropractors who offer a variety of treatments and therapies ranging from diagnostic testing to various soft tissue therapies for car accidents and injuries in Florida.
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