With the summer heat arriving shortly, it’s important to know the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Both heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions. Heat exhaustion begins with general muscle weakness, sudden excessing sweating, nausea, vomiting and possible fainting as a result of the body loses excess amounts of water and salt, typically from sweating. On the other hand, heat stroke is a serious medical emergency that occurs when your body is unable to control its internal temperature with the body’s internal temperature reaching over 103 degrees.

If you believe you have been experiencing signs of either heat stroke or exhaustion, begin drinking fluids and rest. If these steps do not resolve the symptoms, maybe consider seeking medical treatment. If heat exhaustion is treated promptly, the individual will be fully recovered within 24-48 hours.