The summer season often brings hot temperatures and high humidity. When our bodies are exposed to these conditions, we usually react by sweating, which cools us off and regulates our body temperature. Normal body temperature is between 36°C and 38°C. If your body's temperature rises above normal, it can lead to heat stress, which is the body's inability to control its internal temperature. Symptoms of heat stress include the following:
- excessive sweating, which causes the body to lose fluid and increases heart rate
- heat illness: headaches; nausea; vomiting; dizziness
- heat exhaustion: tired or weak; moist skin; rapid, weak pulse
- heat stroke: hot, dry skin; rapid, strong pulse; mental confusion; unconsciousness; seizures or convulsions. Heat stroke can result in death.
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