Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition. It happens when a person’s cooling system stops working and can cause brain damage or damage to internal organs. Heat stroke occurs most often in infants, children and the elderly.
- Pale coloring with cool, moist skin
- Profuse sweating
- Muscle cramps or pains
- Faint or dizzy feeling
- Headache, weakness, thirst or nausea
Heat stroke symptoms
- Unconscious or confused state
- Flushed, hot and dry skin
- Possible hyperventilation
- Slightly higher blood pressure that later falls
Seek medical help for heat exhaustion if the person is confused or unable to keep fluids down. Call 911 immediately if you suspect someone has suffered a heat stroke.
Watch tips from Western Baptist doctors on how to stay healthy this summer, including staying hydrated, at http://www.getactivetoday.com/paducah.
Phone the Baptist Health Line 24/7 at (270) 575-2918 if you have questions about a heat-related illness. Our nurses also can answer your questions here.