Catch the signs of heat-related illnesses before it's too late

Updated: Aug. 2, 2017 at 5:02 PM CDT
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Montgomery, AL (CNN) - Heat-related illnesses are a real risk during the summer. So, it's important to know the signs.

Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, can happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. Older adults, people with mental illnesses or chronic diseases, and the very young are most likely to be affected by heat-related illnesses.

Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, headache, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, feeling weak or dizzy or passing out. If you are experiencing these symptoms, move to a cool place, sip water and loosen your clothes. Try putting cool, wet cloths on your body or taking a cool bath. Get medical help if you throw up, or if your symptoms worsen or last longer than an hour.

If, in addition to the symptoms of heat exhaustion, you have a feeling of confusion and a high body temperature, 103 degrees or higher, you may be having a heat stroke.

People experiencing heat stroke should *not* drink water. That's a medical emergency and you should call 9-1-1 right away.

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