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Extreme Heat: Signs of Heat Related Illness

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - In this extreme heat, it pays to know what to look for in a heat related illness.

Often, one of the first warning signs you may have a heat related illness is muscle cramping. If you experience this, don't take it lightly because it could lead to heat exhaustion or stroke.

Here are some signs of heat exhaustion according to the CDC's website:

- Heavy sweating

- Weakness

- Cold, pale, clammy skin

- Fast, weak pulse

- Nausea, vomiting

- Fainting

Some signs of heat stroke include:

- High body temperature

- Hot skin

- Rapid, strong pulse

- Possible Unconsciousness

Doctors warn these aren't just signs for the very young and elderly, they're signs for everybody, even athletes and military members.

"Even though you're fit and you know you can handle a lot of stress, exercise, heat, it's very important to watch those kinds of signs and stay hydrated and those other things, especially in this kind of temperature," said Dr. Allan Taaca, Emergency Medicine.

When it comes to heat exhaustion, besides staying hydrated, you also want to move to a cooler location and apply cool, wet cloths to your body. If this doesn't work, seek medical attention.

For heat stroke, this is a medical emergency. Call 911.

For more information from the CDC on heat related illnesses, click here.

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