Heat exhaustion v. heat stroke: knowing the difference


SALISBURY, Md. – It’s no secret that it’s hot out. And that heat you keep hearing about can cause some major health problems, including dehydration and heat cramps.

But two other heat-related illnesses, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, can be more serious.

Officials tell 47 ABC that heat exhaustion can come in the form of sweating, dizziness, tiredness, or even nausea.

Heat stroke, on the other hand, is much more serious and can even be life threatening.

But officials say there’s a way to tell the difference between the two.

“Most of the time, not always, but most of the time with heat stroke the individual will stop sweating,” Robert Quillen with the Salisbury Fire Department said.

Officials say that heat stroke is usually marked by a body temperature of at least 104 degrees.

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