Signs And Symptoms

Signs Of Heat Stroke

During very hot weather, it's important to be aware of the signs of a heat stroke, especially in children and the elderly. According to the American Red Cross, heat-related illnesses come in stages. At first, you may experience muscle cramps. Symptoms after that can include:

  • moist pale skin
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea

More serious signs of heat stroke, such as vomiting or loss of consciousness, can require immediate medical care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say each year more people in the United States die from extreme heat exposure than from hurricanes, lightening, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. Over the past two decades, at least 7421 deaths that occurred in this country were attributed to excessive heat exposure. On average, approximately 300 people die each year from exposure to heat. Air conditioning provides the most protection from heat exposure and heat-related deaths. However, some people may be fearful of high utility bills and limit their use of air conditioning. Such action can place people who are already at risk for heat illness at increased risk.