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Heat Stroke and Exhaustion: Know the Signs

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Jenn Leonard is the voice behind local running blog RunsWithPugs. She has lived in Northeast Florida for almost ten years, with her husband, son and grumble of pugs.

Even though summer doesn’t officially start for another month, the River City is already experiencing all the sun, high temperatures and humidity the season has to offer.

The sunny skies make for beautiful beach weather and of course, many of us still perform our fitness routines outside, but that makes it extra important to be mindful of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

With heat exhaustion comes elevated heart rate, heavy perspiration, dizziness, nausea and cramps. Headaches and cold skin can also be symptoms. Combat heat exhaustion by getting out of the sun and heat, rehydrating and bringing down the overall body temperature.

If not treated, heat exhaustion can turn to heat stroke. At this point, the body temperature rises drastically and major organs are at risk of shutting down. In this case, medical attention should be sought immediately.