What is Heat Illness?
Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially when it is very humid, sweating just isn’t enough to cool you off. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness.
Heat-related illnesses include:
A life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes. Symptoms include dry skin, a rapid, strong pulse, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. If you see any of these signs, get medical help right away.
An illness that can happen after several days of exposure to high temperatures and not enough fluids. Symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing, and a fast, weak pulse. If it is not treated, it can turn into heat stroke.
Muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise. You usually get them in your abdomen, arms, or legs.
Remember these three simple words: Water, Rest, and Shade