The Heat Is On

If you find yourself heating up, it’s time to dial it down. Hot weather, strenuous activity, or a combination can lead to heat stroke.

If it’s a scorcher but you still have to work, play sports, or walk outside, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks. Watch for the signs — excessive sweating, extreme thirst, muscle cramps, headache, nausea, and dizziness — and treat them right away: rest, drink water or an electrolyte beverage, and get into the shade or air conditioning.

Seek immediate medical attention if you notice more severe symptoms:

Body temperature of 104 degrees F or higher

No sweating

Hyperventilation

Rapid pulse (normal heart rate for adults is 60-100 beats/minute)

Hallucinations, seizures, loss of consciousness, or difficulty with speaking or comprehension.

If you work (and play) smart and pay attention to your body’s cues, you’ll stay safe from heat stroke.

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