COLUMBIA, S.C. — Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are heat-related illnesses that can occur when your body gets too hot.
The symptoms of each can be similar, but they have different symptoms and require different treatments.
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness.
It usually happens when someone has been exposed to high temperatures and hasn't drank enough water. Symptoms can include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, headache, and nausea.
Heatstroke, on the other hand, is a more severe condition that can be life-threatening.
It can occur when the body's temperature regulation system fails, and body temperature rises rapidly.
Symptoms can include confusion, seizures, a rapid heart rate, and unconsciousness.
If you suspect someone has heat exhaustion, get them to a cooler place, have them drink water, and rest.
If you suspect heatstroke, seek emergency medical attention immediately and dial 911.
You can prevent heat-related illnesses by staying hydrated, wearing lightweight and loose-fitting clothes, avoiding being outside during the hottest part of the day, and taking frequent breaks in air-conditioned or shaded areas. It's also important to never leave children or pets in a parked car, even with the windows cracked.