What Is The Difference Between Heat Exhaustion And Sunstroke?


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You feel light-headed, confused, dizzy, panting, clammy, and tired after a long desert hike. You are convinced you have sunstroke, but it is most likely just heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body moves excessive blood from the core to the extremities in an attempt to normalize the core's temperature. Treatment is cooling the prone victim with shade and water on the skin and, if possible, giving her electrolyte drinks.
Sunstroke is a far more serious ailment, in which the brain can no longer control the body's heat regulation. A victims' skin is hot and dry, and he has a racing pulse, dilated pupils convulsions and eventual loss of consciousness. Sunstroke can be fatal, so treat the victim as for heat exhaustion, then seek medical attention.

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