Getting By

People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. However, under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.

Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Exercising too much for your age and physical condition are also factors. Anyone can succumb to the heat if one does not take appropriate precautions when exposed to extreme heat, especially during heavy exer...

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