Signs of Heat Exhaustion - Dudley
Heat waves are characterized by three or more consecutive days above 90 degrees. Massachusetts and New England states are experiencing high temperatures (with high humidity), so use caution. There are many types of heat-related symptoms and illnesses that can be fatal. The next time it's hot out, look for these symptoms of excessive heat.
Heat Cramps - These are muscular spasms in the abdomen or legs (most common) due to sweating excessively from the heat. Resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water and electrolytes will stop symptoms.
Heat Exhaustion - This happens often when people are doing strenuous outdoor activities in the heat - this is a major "no-no". When it's hot, its best to avoid over-exerting your body. A person experiencing heat exhaustion can exhibit pale or red skin, headache, and dizziness.
Heat Stroke - This is very scary and life-threatening if nothing is done about it. This happens when the body's vital organs shut down. This is characterized by very high body temperature, vomiting, confusion, seizures, and rapid/weak pulse.