Do you know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?


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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Scorching temperatures this week have resulted in a spike in heat-related medical calls, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

Medical personnel responded to 11 heat-related incidents Wednesday, the agency tweeted, and it is warning of more Thursday as high temperatures are expected to hold steady into the weekend.

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The signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke are different and ATCEMS tweeted out two lists of symptoms for each condition and how to treat them.

Heat Exhaustion

Symptoms include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dark urine or lack of urge to urinate

How to treat heat exhaustion:

  • Move to cooler location
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing
  • Apply cool, wet compresses to as much of your body as possible
  • Sip water
  • If you have vomited as it continues, seek medical attention immediately

Heat stroke

Symptoms include:

  • High body temperature (above 103° F)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

How to treat heatstroke:

  • Call 911 immediately (This is a medical emergency)
  • Move the person to a cooler environment
  • Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a cold bath
  • Do NOT give the person fluids

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