Both heat exhaustion and heatstroke are serious conditions. They are types of heat illness—medical conditions that result from the body’s inability to control its core body temperature after exposure to high temperatures and dehydration (fluid loss with insufficient replacement).
Heat exhaustion causes general muscle weakness, excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting, and fainting. Heatstroke occurs when the body’s internal temperature reaches over 103 degrees Fahrenheit and a person has changes in consciousness and behavior, sweats excessively, and experiences nausea and/or vomiting.
Symptoms of both heat exhaustion and heatstroke should be taken seriously. It is also important to understand what type of symptoms you are experiencing and how to prevent them. This article will discuss heat exhaustion vs. heatstroke, including symptoms, causes, risk factors, treatment, and prevention.