Heat Cramps (cont.)
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Heat Cramps Treatment
A doctor will evaluate the affected individual and may diagnose them with severe heat-related illness symptoms and signs, and possibly provide them with IV fluid rehydration. However, oral rehydration and electrolyte replacement is usually sufficient to treat heat cramps.
Heat Cramps Self-Care and First Aid at Home
Heat cramps usually resolve on their own and don't require any specific home medical treatment. Home remedies to help the heat cramps resolve more quickly include:
Salt tablets by themselves should not be used. They can cause stomach upset and don't adequately replace fluid volume lost.
Heat Cramps Prevention
A person should remove themselves from a hot and humid environment, or hydrate well prior to and during activities in such an environment.
If a person works or exercises in a hot environment, they may experience heat cramps during the first few days of work or exercise. Once accustomed to the environment, and with adequate electrolyte replacement, the affected individual should have no further problems.
Heat Cramps Prognosis
Heat-induced muscle spasms usually resolve without any medical treatment.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/18/2015
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