Heat Exhaustion: 11 Common Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Prevention Techniques


As we swing into the dog days of summer and continue with record heat in some parts of the country, it’s important to talk about a potential health risk: heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion, if not treated, can progress to heat stroke, which can eventually damage the brain and other organs and even lead to death.

What are the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion?

The most common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Confusion

  • Dark-colored urine (which is a sign of dehydration)

  • Dizziness

  • Fainting

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Muscle or abdominal cramps

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Pale skin

  • Profuse sweating

  • Racing heartbeat

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