Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day
Many northern communities in the United States are used to the winter thermometer dipping into negative numbers, but summer heat can often rival the challenges of a cold, snowy winter. As we move into August, one of the hottest months of the year, temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees F, bringing the threat of heat illness and heat-related afflictions. Regional director of Mayo Clinic Health System Urgent Care, Ruth Bolton, M.D., offers this important preventive information.
Q. What is heat illness?
A. Heat illness is exactly what it sounds like — a sickness caused by heat. Heat illness can take multiple forms, each ranging in severity. The different types of heat illness, from mildest to most dangerous, include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Q. What are the symptoms of heat illness?
A. As heat illness progresses from cramps to exhaustion to stroke, the symptoms become more extreme.
Symptoms of heat cramps include: