Whether you work construction, on a farm, landscaping, or just spend time exerting yourself in the summer heat, you need to avoid heat stroke. Here are signs of heat stroke and the difference from heat exhaustion.

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When it's hot and humid, it's difficult for your body to stay cool. If you get hot too fast, or your body loses fluid or salt through dehydration or sweating, you could have a heat-related illness. Watch for these signs...

Heat Stroke Symptoms

  • Hot, dry, red skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • High body temperature ≥ 105°
  • Loss of alertness
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness or coma
  • Rapid and shallow breathing

If you or someone you know suffers a heat stroke, call 911 immediately. Cool down immediately in a cool place, a cool bath, or in AC. You can also place ice on wrists, ankles, and armpits, or wrap up in a cool, wet sheet.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

  • Heavy sweating
  • Fainting
  • Vomiting
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Weakness

If you or someone you know has heat exhaustion, which can quickly lead to heat stroke, move into a cool place. Loosen clothes and apply cool, wet clothes to the neck, face, and arms. Sip water slowly.

Oneida County Health Department
Oneida County Health Department

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