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Heat Illness

What is heat illness?
Who is at risk for heat illnesses?
What are some ways to handle heat?
What is heat stress?
What should be done for someone with heat stress?
What is heat exhaustion?
What should be done for someone with heat exhaustion?
What is heat stroke?
What should be done for someone with heat stroke?
Where can I get more information on heat illnesses?

What is heat illness?
The combination of high heat and high humidity can be very dangerous. Normally, human beings can tolerate excessive heat through regulatory changes that occur in the body. These changes include sweating, dilation of blood vessels, and an increase in the body chemical that regulate fluids and salts. When the environmental temperature remains high for extended periods of time, these mechanisms can fail, especially in vulnerable individuals.

Who is at risk for heat illnesses?

What are some ways to handle heat?Sun

What is heat stress?
Symptoms of heat stress include:

What should be done for someone with heat stress?

What is heat exhaustion?
Heat exhaustion usually occurs after hours or days of exposure to extreme heat and is caused by dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion:

What should be done for someone with heat exhaustion?

What is heat stroke?
Heat stroke is a medical emergency that progresses very rapidly and can be fatal.

Signs and symptoms of heat stroke:

What should be done for someone with heat stroke?

Where can I get more information on heat illnesses?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
KidsHealth.org

Sources: Northern Kentucky Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention