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Signs of Heat Exhaution and Heat Stroke

It pays to know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke when temperatures get past 105.

Heat exhaustion: Excessive sweating, feeling faint, and muscle cramps. Get to somewhere air conditioned, a store, your house, your car. Drink cool water and put a cool compress on your head.

Heat Stroke: When you stop sweating and feel nauseated, develop a headache or fever, and/or become lightheaded. Call 9-1-1 immediately.  

Either condition can start with a rapid pulse. If your heartrate starts climbing, better to be safe than sorry. Get to a cooler area and seek treatment if needed.

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.