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What are the signs and symptoms of heat cramps?
Heat cramps are the earliest symptoms of the spectrum of heat-related
There is usually significant sweating with involuntary spasm of the
large muscles in the body.
The muscles that cramp are usually those that have
Runners and football players tend to get leg
muscle cramps, but
people who lift objects as part of their job can get cramps in the muscles of the arms or the core trunk muscles like the
abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus).
Heat cramps usually begin after
significant activity has occurred, but they also can occur hours after the activity has been
Do individuals with heat cramps tend only to have muscle cramps?
If an individual has other signs or symptoms such as lightheadedness,
weakness, nausea and vomiting, and headache
he or she may be suffering from heat exhaustion.
Affected individuals who have stopped sweating or who develop a fever and become
confused may be developing
heat stroke, which is a true medical emergency.