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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 rehydrate, seek medical care at an emergency department.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/23/2014

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