Facts About SWFL

The Difference Between Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Florida is hot in the summertime. Keep yourself safe by knowing the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke and how to prevent both.

Summer is almost here, which means even hotter temperatures. Do you know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke and how to prevent each?

The Florida Department of Health says heat exhaustion symptoms include:

-Excessive sweating
-Paleness
-Fatigue
-Headache
-Muscle
cramps
-Tiredness
-Nausea
or vomiting

Elderly people, those with high blood pressure, and people with outdoor jobs may be more prone to heat exhaustion.

If the heat exhaustion goes untreated, it could lead to heat stroke which can be deadly.

Heat stroke symptoms include:

-Body temperature at or above 103 °F
-Flushed skin that is hot to the touch
-No
sweating
-Rapid
pulse
-Dizziness
-Nausea
or vomiting

So how can you prevent this from happening to you?

Keep cool during the summer. Wear light clothes, drink plenty of water, and avoid high sugar drinks.

Keep your pets and children out of the sun as much as possible, too. Pets need access to water and ventilation.

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