Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke, what’s the difference?
Heat Exhaustion is the body’s response to dehydration, most commonly caused by working or exercising in hot conditions. It can usually be treated by a First Aider, but if left untreated it can rapidly develop into life threatening Heat Stroke(in which case call for an ambulance immediately).
Heat Stroke is when the temperature control in the brain fails, the body is unable to cool down and the causalities core temperature can reach very dangerous levels within 10 to 15 minutes. This can be caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or fevers.
Recognising Heat Exhaustion
Ultraviolet rays from the sun, sun lamps and on rare occasions certain types of radiation.
Signs and Symptoms
Reddening of the skin, pain in the associated area and in cases of severe sunburn blistering of the skin.
Severe sunburn with blistering and peeling skin.