Since most of the country has had record-breaking heat this summer, it is important to note the primary signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Since most of the country has had record-breaking heat this summer,OSHA
emphasizes that it is important to note the primary signs and symptoms of heat
stroke: confusion, irrational behavior, loss of coordination, loss of
consciousness or convulsions - all associated with abnormally high body
temperatures. Although heat stroke is usually associated with a lack of
sweating and hot, dry skin, a significant percentage of individuals with heat
stroke have moist skin and appear to be sweating, particularly in humid
conditions. There is a widely held misperception that someone who is sweating
cannot be having heat stroke.
Heat exhaustion, if untreated, may quickly progress
to life-threatening heat stroke. Body temperature can rise to 106° or higher
within 10 to 15 minutes. The signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion are
headache, nausea, vertigo, weakness, thirst and giddiness.
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