Patient Comments: Heat Exhaustion - Symptoms

What were your the symptoms of heat exhaustion?

Comment from: joshua, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 04

I recently suffered from heat exhaustion. My symptoms were low grade fever, fatigue, achy muscles, sore throat, and dizziness.

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Comment from: roselady, 55-64 Female Published: July 18

The symptoms of my heat exhaustion included extreme muscle weakness, nausea, lightheadedness, disorientation, starting to pass out with blackness, and crowding vision.

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Comment from: eagleheart, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 10

I recently suffered from heat exhaustion and my symptoms were cramps in the legs, profuse sweating, a salty taste in my mouth, a severe headache, and a very flushed face.

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Comment from: santee57, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 07

When I had heat exhaustion, I had a severe headache, and I felt very hot. I was fatigued, my heart raced, I was breathing fast, and I had to go inside and cool down. I put ice water bottles under my armpits, on my inner wrists, forehead, and behind my knees.

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Comment from: Monica_Taylor, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 07

When my daughter had heat exhaustion, she felt weak and nauseated. She felt as if she were going to faint. She developed white round, scaly patches on her cheeks.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I am not sure if I should be checked out or not. I don't have insurance so I hesitate. I finished mowing the yard almost half an hour ago. When I finished I was very weak and my legs hurt. I am not very physically fit, so it took me two hours to cut the yard. Now I'm feeling extremely nauseated. Have been drinking a lot of water. Not sure if the heat got to me or what. The sun was beating down pretty hard and it is already 84 degrees here.

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Comment from: Conster, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I had heat exhaustion today. Spent all day outside at the zoo, it was humid and hot (90 degrees), but no direct sunlight. I went home, and sat outside in the shade. I hadn't been hungry and hadn't eaten much. I went to mow the lawn and felt tired, but during mowing started to feel real weak, then slightly dizzy, and stomach cramps and nausea followed, all within a few minutes. I didn't make it to the back door before I started dry heaving. I ran inside, bent over sink, rank cold water and put it on my face, and then vomited for about 3 minutes. It is now evening, and I have drank one liter of water, and ate a little, but very tired, headache, and still having some nausea. This happened last year during tanning in a tanning bed. I didn't throw up as much, but I had to lie down for two hours after and was very weak. I don't sweat like most people do. I have never had sweat roll down my forehead. My skin just gets damp, so I think I'm very susceptible to it.

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Comment from: angeleyes46, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

Heat exhaustion can happen even when swimming! The heat index was 107 degrees, drank plenty of rehydrating fluids, but wasn't enough. I was sweating then it stopped, I was dizzy, muscle cramps, severe headache, and lethargic. It took three days to recover; I may have been close to a heat stroke. Be careful even when swimming!

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Comment from: cyclistat60, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I went cycling on Saturday (very hot and humid) but drank enough fluids so that I only felt tired that day. Had a margarita that night but apparently didn't drink enough water and juices with potassium etc. to rehydrate because the next day I was dizzy and felt exhausted. I had had an earlier bout a couple of weeks before with vertigo and vomiting, hot and cold chills, so was apparently more vulnerable.

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