Heat Cramps (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care
Heat cramps can be very painful. A person suffering from heat cramps should seek medical attention if the symptoms do not go away with rest,
cooling off, and after restoring fluid and electrolytes.
Heat cramps may be the early signs of
heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which
are more severe forms of heat-related illnesses.
Seek medical care immediately if these conditions develop:
- The person is unable to drink sufficient fluids because they have
nausea or are
vomiting. The affected
individual may need IV rehydration with normal saline.
- The person has more severe symptoms of heat-related illness, including dizziness, fatigue, vomiting,
headache, malaise, shortness of breath, and
fever (greater than 104 F or 40 C).
If a person has more severe forms of heat-related illness, or thinks they require IV fluids to
medical care at an emergency department.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/23/2014
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