Surviving the Dangers of Heat Related Illnesses

Surviving the Dangers of Heat Related Illnesses

( – Cold is a dangerous adversary for anyone trying to survive, but extreme heat isn’t an ally either. There are a variety of heat-related illnesses we can experience if we aren’t careful. It’s important to be aware of the signs, and know how to avoid them.

We’ve all heard of hypothermia, a condition in which the body’s temperature reaches critical lows under 95ºF. The reverse condition, known as hyperthermia, occurs when the body’s temperature is over 104ºF. Several of the symptoms that lead up to hyperthermia are often conditions of their own.

For example, heat fatigue commonly occurs when people aren’t used to the heat. You become thirsty, hot, sweaty and tired as well as possibly losing your ability to concentrate. If you experience these symptoms, seek a cooler area immediately and drink plenty of water and fluids with electrolytes; ease back into and adapt to the heat before becoming active.

Heat exhaustion is when the body can no longer cool itself down, which is a serious problem, and you need to find a way to cool temperatures ASAP or seek medical attention. This condition is one of the more serious stages of hyperthermia and is the last stage before a heat stroke.

The video below shows how you can know when you’re experiencing hyperthermia. We also recommend you check out hyperthermia’s ugly sibling, hypothermia, and how you can avoid it.

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