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Heat Cramps (cont.)

Heat Cramps Self-Care and First Aid at Home

Heat cramps usually resolve on their own and don't require any home treatment.

  • Rest in a cool place and drink replacement fluids such as electrolyte beverages or sports drinks (for example, Gatorade or Powerade).
  • Stop the activity being performed
  • Go to a cooler environment
  • Gently stretch the muscles that are cramping

Salt tablets by themselves should not be used. They can cause stomach upset and don't adequately replace fluid volume lost.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/23/2014

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