Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke

Heat Exhaustions vs. Heat Stroke: Knowing the Difference

Heat Exhaustions:

  • Faint or Dizzy Feeling
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Skin is Cool, Pale, Clammy
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Rapid, Weak Pulse
  • Muscle Cramps

What to do:

  • Get to a cool, air conditioned place
  • Drink water if fully conscious
  • Take a cool shower or use cold compresses


Heat Stroke:

  • Throbbing Headache
  • No Sweating
  • Skin is Red, Hot, and Dry (Body Temperature above 103 degrees F)
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Rapid, Strong Pulse
  • May Lose Consciousness

What to do:

  • CALL 9-1-1 and IMMEDIATELY take action to cool the individual until help arrives.
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