Updated: 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012 | Posted: 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012
By Debbie Juniewicz
• Heat cramps: Painful muscle contractions, mainly affecting the calves, quadriceps and abdominals. Affected muscles may feel firm to the touch. Your body temperature may be normal.
• Heat exhaustion: Your body temperature rises as high as 104 degrees and you may experience nausea, vomiting, headache, fainting, weakness and cold, clammy skin. If left untreated, this can lead to heatstroke.
• Heatstroke: A life-threatening emergency condition that occurs when your body temperature is greater than 104 degrees. Your skin may be hot, but your body may stop sweating to help cool itself. You may develop confusion and irritability. You need immediate medical attention to prevent brain damage, organ failure or even death.
• Warning signs: Muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, weakness, headache, dizziness, confusion.
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