Stages of heat illness: When you need to go to the E.R.

Did you know that 600-700 people die from heat-related illness every year? The elderly are most at risk, but athletic teens are too. And yes, even us hikers.

In fact, heat-related illness is the third highest cause for death in young athletes. Specifically, football players in the month of August are at the top of that list.

How sick you get from heat depends on how high your body temperature is.

At Stage 1, your body temperature is between 98 and 103 degrees.

Symptoms include:

• Nausea
• Increased heart rate
• Vomiting
• Flushing (skin turns red)

If you have these symptoms you don’t necessarily have to go to the hospital, just get out of the sun immediately and try to cool off.

Get under some iced water, or better yet, put ice packs under your armpits. That’s where your largest blood vessels are, and how you can cool your body the fastest.

When your body temperature is between 104 and 108 degrees, you’re in Stage 2.

Learn what happens next…

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