Heat Cramps - Symptoms

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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 illness. There is usually significant sweating with involuntary spasm of the large muscles in the body. The muscles that cramp are usually those that have been stressed. Runners and football players tend to get leg muscle cramps, but people who lift 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 completed.

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 have heat stroke which is a true medical emergency.

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