How to Assess the Three Stages of Heat Illness

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Heat illness occurs when your body is unable to regulate heat loss, or when your body temperature rises above normal. It is defined in three stages: dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat illness can lead to severe complications, and even death, if left untreated. It is important to be familiar with the early signs and symptoms of heat illness so that medical assistance and treatment can be procured as soon as possible. Read the article below to learn how to assess the three stages of heat illness.


Heat illness occurs when your body is unable to regulate heat loss, or when your body temperature rises above normal. It is defined in three stages: dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat illness can lead to severe complications, and even death, if left untreated. It is important to be familiar with the early signs and symptoms of heat illness so that medical assistance and treatment can be procured as soon as possible. Read the article below to learn how to assess the three stages of heat illness.

Sub Topic 1: Steps


Dehydration is the first, and most mild, stage of heat illness that occurs when the body is lacking adequate fluid. Check for cramping in the legs or abdomen, particularly during or after strenuous exercise. Confirm the presence of excessive perspiration. Faintness, dizziness or weakness may occur if an individual is suffering from dehydration.
Last Updated: 5/15/2014 3:44:22 PM

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