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- Skin redness and pain
- possible swelling
- blisters, fever
(First Aid) – Take a soapy shower, if blisters occur apply dry sterile dressings and seek medical attention.
- Painful spasms usually in leg and abdominal muscles.
- Heavy sweating.
(First Aid): Firm pressure on cramping muscles or gentle massage to relieve spasm. Give sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue.
- Heavy sweating
- skin cold
- pale and clammy
- Weak pulse
- Normal temperature possible
(First Aid): Get victim to lie down in a cool place. Loosen clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths. Fan or move victim to air-conditioned place. Give sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue. If vomiting occurs, seek immediate medical attention.
- High body temperature (106+)
- Hot, dry skin.
- Rapid, strong pulse.
- Possible unconsciousness.
- Victim will likely not sweat.
(First Aid): Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal. Move victim to a cooler environment. Try a cool bath or sponging to reduce body temperature. Use extreme caution. Remove clothing. Use fans and/or air conditioners.
DO NOT GIVE FLUIDS
Quick Safety Tips:
- Avoid the heat when you are able.
- Dress lightly while keeping skin covered and consider reflective materials and colors.
- Drink for the heat. Water and natural juices. You’re body can lose more fluids than you take in very quickly.
- Do not "drink" in the heat. Alcohol should be avoided as it furthers dehydration. Also caffeinated beverages and sodas prevent the body from naturally releasing excess heat.
- Do not leave children or pets alone in vehicles, even with the air running as it could stop without notice while you are away.
- Protect windows, dim or turn off lights, and avoid using the oven when possible.
Special Note: This article or any article herein, is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine. Always consult with your Doctor First