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"Heat Stroke Vs. Heat Exhaustion - A Doctor Explains the Difference" - Samantha Lauriello

  • Health.Com
  • New York, NY
  • (June 18, 2019)

Your body is like a thermostat: It's constantly working to regulate your temperature, making sure you don't get too hot or too cold. It usually does a good job of staying as close to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit as possible, but on particularly hot and humid days, it's possible that it could malfunction. Symptoms of heat exhaustion, include heavy sweating, cold skin, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, dizziness, headache, weakness, and fainting. According to Peter Shearer, MD, chief medical officer of Mount Sinai Brooklyn, "Your body is having a normal response to an abnormal situation." He added, "Many people with heat exhaustion don't need to go to the hospital." 

— Peter L. Shearer, MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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