Here’s a difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke



WEB DESK: Rising temperature in summer is alarming and it requires extra care such as drinking more fluids, staying minimum in sun, and wear light clothes.  

With the arrival of summer, chances of heat stroke and exhaustion increased and everyone must know the difference between these to cure it at earliest.

According to Jennifer Caudle, physician and assistant professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine,“Muscle cramps, heavy sweating, fatigue or weakness, fast heart rate, nausea or vomiting, and pale or cool skin are symptoms of heat exhaustion. Some of the signs of heat stroke can overlap with heat exhaustion, but the difference with heat stroke is that you also have a fever of 105 (or higher) and there is dysfunction of the central nervous system, such as fainting/unconsciousness or seizures.”

Neha Raukar, MD, associate professor in Emergency Medicine at Brown University further explains,“When we discuss heat stroke and heat exhaustion, we are talking about two different problems that exist on a spectrum of heat illness, with heat stroke being a more severe form of heat illness. Heat exhaustion is on the less severe end of the spectrum of heat illness. It occurs in high temperature environments, and intervention is required, even if that intervention is just taking a break, so the disease does not progress to heat stroke, which can be fatal.”

Since the heat stroke and heat exhaustion are similar and has the less difference, it is beneficial to avoid going out or spending more time outside in sun. Moreover, experts also impede people from doing excessive outdoor activities such as exercise or a long run.

Note: Above article was taken from Reader’s Digest and it is for information only. Please consult to your doctor in case of an emergency.