Warning Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses

Signs & Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness

With the summertime approaching, that means plenty of outdoor activities and soaking up some much-needed sunshine. However, that also means an increased risk for experiencing several different heat-related illnesses.

With the summer heat creeping around the corner, the health experts at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital are here to share some important signs and symptoms to keep on your radar.

Heat Stroke

A heat stroke is the most serious form of heat-related illness and it is considered a medical emergency. A Heat stroke happens when your body temperature rises too rapidly, hitting 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes, causing your body’s cooling mechanisms to fail.

Signs and symptoms of a heat stroke to look out for include:

  • Fever of 103° or higher.
  • Hot, red, damp or dry skin.
  • Fast and strong heartbeat.
  • Headaches.
  • Nause.
  • Confusion.
  • Passing out.

If you suspect that someone around you is having a heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the affected person to a cooler place and refrain from giving them anything to drink.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a disease that can happen when you are exposed to high temperatures for a prolonged period without taking in enough fluids. If left untreated, this can turn into heat exhaustion.

Common symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Sweating heavily.
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin.
  • Fast, weak heartbeat.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Muscle cramping.
  • Dizziness.
  • Headaches.
  • Passing out.

Sunburn

A sunburn is an inflammatory response to prolonged exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays due to damage to your skin’s outermost layers.

The tell-tale signs of a sunburn include:

  • Skin being painful to the touch.
  • Red, warm skin.
  • Blistering on the skin.

Heat Rash

Heat rashes happen when the pores of your skin become clogged, preventing your skin from expelling sweat. Although it’s possible to experience a heat rash during any time of year, they are more common during hotter temperatures.

Typically heat rashes are characterized by clusters of small red blisters that look like pimples on the following body parts:

  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Groin
  • Elbow creases

Primary Care in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our team of highly trained and experienced family physicians is dedicated to providing services to patients of all ages in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas.


To learn more about our primary care services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).