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Exercise-Related Heat Exhaustion

Heat-related illnesses can affect you such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. In this article, you will get the information regarding exercise-related heat exhaustion. 

Exercise-related heat exhaustion occurs when you do strenuous exercise or physical activity in extremely hot weather. During heat exhaustion, your body temperature rises above normal levels.

The thermostat, hypothalamus, in your body sets your normal body temperature as 98.6F. The control of your body temperature is important to maintain normal body functioning. 

Heat exhaustion is less serious than heat stroke, another heat-related illness. But heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke if it is not treated. In heat stroke, your body temperature rises even higher. This stops basic processes in your body which can cause serious problems even death. 

Exercise-Related Heat Exhaustion

Exercise-related heat exhaustion occurs when your body can not remove excess heat from the body while exercising and temperature rises. Humidity also plays its part in causing exhaustion. The other reasons that could cause heat-related exhaustion are:

Being in poor physical shape

Having an infection

Being dehydrated

Using alcohol before exercising

Being obese

Not being used to a hot environment

Taking certain medicines such as stimulants, antihistamines, and medicines for epilepsy

Having certain medical conditions, like sickle cell disease or conditions that decrease sweat

Having a chronic illness

The symptoms might include:

  • Rapid heart beat
  • Fast breathing
  • Heavy sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps

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About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Lahore, Pakistan. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling, and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.

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