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What are types of heat-related illnesses?

Brett Snodgrass
Oncology Nursing Specialist

Heat related illnesses include: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can lead to death.

The types of heat illnesses are a continuum, just like in any disease process. At one end of the continuum are the very mild disorders. These include minor illnesses such as heat edema or leg swelling, which occur when you're out in the heat. Also included here is heat rash or prickly heat, which is well-known.

Further in the continuum, much more severe illness from exposure to heat can occur, namely heat exhaustion. In the more severe heat illness, heatstroke, fatalities can arise from serious heat exhaustion.

Trinity Health is a Catholic health care organization that acts in accordance with the Catholic tradition and does not condone or support all practices covered in this site. In case of emergency call 911. This site is educational and not a substitute for professional medical advice, always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider.

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