Heat Stroke or Heat Exhaustion and What’s the Difference?

Do you know the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion?

Whether you live in Arizona full time, or are just planning a visit, this is very important information to know. Especially if you plan on exploring our incredible hiking trails!



Which is worse?
Heat stroke is a more dangerous health condition than heat exhaustion because a person suffering from heat stroke can die. The body’s core temperature can become so high that brain damage or damage to internal organs may happen, which can permanently damage a person’s health.

What’s the Difference?
Heat exhaustion is usually accompanied by a fever no higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, excessive thirst, nausea, fainting, cool and clammy skin, weakness, muscle aches, heavy sweating, slow heartbeat and dizziness. Heatstroke may develop following heat exhaustion if the condition is not treated.

What are the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion?

  • Confusion.
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
  • Dizziness.
  • Fainting.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps.
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Is Heat Exhaustion a Medical Emergency?
Heat emergencies have three stages: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. All three stages of heat emergency are serious. … Heat stroke can be fatal or cause lifelong complications. Call 911 or go to the emergency room if heat illness is causing vomiting, seizures, or unconsciousness.

Is Heat Exhaustion Life Threatening?
Heat exhaustion is one of the heat-related syndromes. Symptoms range in severity from mild heat cramps to heat exhaustion to potentially life-threatening heatstroke.Heat exhaustion can begin suddenly, usually after working or playing in the heat, perspiring heavily or being dehydrated.

How Long Do the Effects of Heat Stroke Last?
Recovery time for heat stroke is variable; initial recovery may be done with 1-2 days in the hospital; complete recovery may take about 2 months to a year. recognizing the early warning signs of heat cramps and heat exhaustion and responding to those symptoms with treatment (cooling).

How do you Treat Heat Exhaustion?
First aid treatment for heat exhaustion includes recognizing the symptoms, stopping the activity, and moving to a cooler environment. Rehydration with water or a sports drink is the cornerstone of treatment for heat exhaustion. Complications of heat exhaustion include nauseavomiting, dehydration and muscle weakness.

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