MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - It is summer time, and that most likely means you will spend a lot of time outdoors. Katie Smoak from Community Health Works stopped by Daybreak to tell us more about heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Smoak said heat exhaustion happens when the body has lost too much water and salt and usually occurs through excessive sweating. Heat stroke is the most serious problem related to excessive exposure to heat. Smoak said the body's ability to sweat stops and it cannot cool itself.
Heat exhaustion symptoms include heavy sweating, nausea, muscle cramps, fast and shallow breathing, and extreme weakness. Heat stroke symptoms include dry skin, lack of sweating, throbbing headache, hallucinations, chills, and slurred speech.
If you experience any symptoms of heath exhaustion or heat stroke, you should get out of the sun and rest in a cool area. You should also drink plenty of water.
Smoak said everyone who goes outside is at risk.