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Heat exhaustion is the opposite of hypothermia—the core body temperature increases, usually as a result of hot and humid conditions, plus a lack of water.

  • Preventing Heat Exhaustion
    • Drink plenty of water.
    • Take frequent breaks to interrupt periods of strenuous paddling.
    • Dress in layers, and shed layers as physical activity increases.
  • Recognizing the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
    • Pale and clammy skin
    • Weakness
    • Nausea
    • Headache
    • Muscle cramps
  • Treating Heat Exhaustion
    • Move to a cooler place and drink water.
    • Fan to lower body temperature, but don’t over-chill.