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Heat Stroke (cont.)

Heat Stroke Symptoms and Signs

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Heat stroke usually follows two other heat-related problems, heat cramps and heat exhaustion; these two conditions are marked by muscle cramps followed by exhaustion and profuse sweating.

As these conditions progress, a rapid pulse, rapid breathing, dizziness, and headache may occur.

These symptoms may linger and progress to heat stroke when the body temperature reaches 104 F or 40 C, and the body stops sweating.

In addition to stopping sweating, the skin of a person suffering from a heat stroke is hot and dry, and sometimes becomes a reddish color.

Confusion, hallucinations, seizures, loss of consciousness, organ damage, coma, and death can occur if not treated quickly and effectively.

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