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Heat Stroke vs Heat Exhaustion

Heat-related illnesses can prevent your body's ability to cool itself effectively. While enjoying Hawaii's great outdoors, it's important to detect these symptoms early and get help before it escalates.

According to the American Red Cross, a person may be experiencing heat exhaustion if they start to sweat heavily, have a fast weak heartbeat, quick shallow breathing and are pale, cool and moist to the touch. Other symptoms may also include headache, nausea, vomiting or feeling fatigued.

If any of these or a combination of these symptoms are present, the person should immediately get to a cool shaded location or go into someplace with air conditioning or take a cool shower. Remember to drink water (non-alcoholic, non-sugary liquids are the best).

A heat stroke is more dangerous and occurs when the body is no longer able to sweat and rapidly heats to the point of permanent damage or death.

Symptoms include a strong headache, red, hot and dry skin, a rapid weak heartbeat, no sweating, a body temperature of 104 and above, nausea, vomiting or loss of consciousness.

When someone is experiencing heat stroke, immediately call 9-1-1. While waiting, do your best to cool the person down as fast as possible by removing their outer clothing and immersing them up to their neck in cool water or covering them in ice or damp sheets and offer them sips of water if they are conscious.




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