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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.

Prevention of Heat Exhaustion

  • Drink plenty of water and/or sports drinks.
  • Take frequent breaks if you’re hiking to or from your hunting spot, especially when carrying a large load.
  • Dress in layers, and shed layers as physical activity increases.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Pale and clammy skin
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps

Treatment of Heat Exhaustion

  • Move to a cooler place and drink water.
  • Fan yourself to lower body temperature, but don’t over-chill.
Heat index chart showing air temperature, relative humidity, and effects by color
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