Exercising in the heat can put you at risk for heat-related illnesses. Minor heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat cramps, can be treated on one’s own. More serious illnesses, such as heat stroke, require medical attention.
Heat Stroke occurs when your body can no longer regulate its temperature and becomes extremely overheated. Heat stroke is a serious condition that can lead to permanent disability or even death.
Signs of heat stroke include:
- High body temperature (103F or above)
- Lack of sweating
- Throbbing pulse
To treat heat stroke, call for medical assistance as soon as possible. Then make every effort to cool the body. Cooling methods can include a cool bath or shower, wrapping a cool, wet towel or sheet around the person, and fanning him/her.
Do NOT give the victim anything to drink.