Too much heat is not safe for anyone. Hyperthermia (hy-per-THER-mee-uh) can cause several illnesses. Especially if you are older or have health problems. It is important to get relief from the heat quickly.
Heat syncope is a sudden dizziness that can happen when you are in hot weather. If you take a heart medication called a beta blocker (ends in olol) or are not used to being in the heat & humidity, you are even more likely to feel dizzy or faint.
Heat cramps are the painful tightening of muscles in your stomach, arms, or legs. Cramps can result from hard work or exercise. Your body temperature and pulse usually stay normal during heat cramps, however, your skin may feel moist and cool.
Heat edema is a swelling in your ankles and feet when you get hot.
Heat exhaustion is a warning that your body can no longer keep itself cool. You might feel thirsty, dizzy, weak, uncoordinated, and nauseated. You may sweat a lot. Your body temperature may stay normal, but your skin may feel cold and clammy.
Heat Stroke - A Medical Emergency! People who become dehydrated, have chronic diseases, or drink more than 1 alcoholic drink per day are at risk. Signs of heat stroke are:
If you have ANY signs of heat stroke, you must get medical help right away.
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