Heat Related Illness

Summer is in full swing, and temperatures are soaring. It is important for you to be aware of the different heat-related illnesses and how to treat each.

Heat Stroke


  • Body temperature of 103 degrees or higher
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Fast pulse


  • Move person to a cooler place
  • Help to lower temperature with cool cloths or bath
  • Do not give the person anything to drink

Call 911 immediately as heat stroke is a medical emergency.

Heat Exhaustion


  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weak pulse
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Nausea


  • Move person to a cooler place
  • Loosen clothes
  • Sip water
  • Put cool, a wet cloth on the person’s body

Seek medical assistance immediately if any of the following occur:

  • The person is throwing up
  • Symptoms get worse
  • The person has heart problems


Abbie McLemore, APRN-CNP
Ringling Family Care

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