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Heat-related illness facts
Hyperthermia is overheating of the body.
Heat-related illness occurs as a result of heat exposure.
Heat-related illnesses include
heat syncope, and
Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat-related illness, and
requires immediate medical attention.
Certain individuals, such as the
elderly, infants and young children,
outdoor workers, and those with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk
for developing heat-related illness.
Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness vary based on the
condition, but may include
an elevated body temperature,
Treatment for heat-related illness generally includes moving the
individual out of the hot environment, implementing cooling measures as
needed, rest, and rehydration.
Prevention of heat-related illness is best accomplished through proper
planning and preparation, such as increasing fluid intake, wearing
appropriate clothing and
sunscreen, remaining in a cool environment,
acclimating yourself to the hot environment, and using common sense.