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Dr. Distefano - Heat Illness

"In today's Brazos Valley Physician's Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. James Distefano discusses illness due to heat exposure."

"When we sweat, the sweat evaporates to cool our skin. In certain conditions where it's really hot or really muggy, the body loses the ability to cool itself down with sweat, and over time it'll cause our temperature to rise."

"If you're out exercising, you can slowly become dehydrated. If you ignore that, and become more dehydrated, you can develop heat cramps. If you try to push through the heat cramps, then you can develop heat exhaustion, and over time, heat stroke."

"Some of the symptoms of heat cramps when you're exercising, you can get some pain or spasms in your muscles. Some of the most common muscles are your abdominal wall, your legs or your arms. For heat exhaustion, you can get things like you become dizzy; you become short of breath; you can have chest pain, fatigue; you get muscle aches, headaches, and your sweating will increase."

"With heat stroke, that's a life threatening condition. When your body temperature rises to 104 or higher, it loses its ability to regulate itself. Your vitals will start to shut down, and if you're not careful, you can damage vital organs."

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