Heat exhaustion or heat stroke? How to tell the difference



PERMIAN BASIN (Nexstar)- Temperatures around the Basin are heating up and triple digits are expected through Saturday. 

Extreme heat can pose a threat to anyone working or playing outside so it is important to know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It’s also important to know what to do if you experience symptoms. 

Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cool, pale, clammy skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Muscle cramps

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should:

  • Get to a cooler, air-conditioned place
  • Drink water
  • Take a cool shower or use a cold compress

Heat stroke carries with it a different set of symptoms as well as more serious risks.

Mayo Clinic describes a heat stroke as:

“A condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke, can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 degrees or higher.”

Symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Throbbing headache
  • No sweating
  • Body temperature above 103 degrees
  • Red, hot, dry skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Possible loss of consciousness

Anyone experiencing these symptoms, or anyone around someone experiencing these symptoms should call 911 immediately and take action to keep themselves or an unconscious person cool until help arrives. 

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