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What causes heat cramps?

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Doctors don't know the exact cause of heat cramps. They're probably related to electrolyte problems. Electrolytes include various essential minerals, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. They're involved in chemical reactions in your muscles. An imbalance can cause problems.

From: Heat Cramps WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: "Heat Stress."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 15, 2017

SOURCE: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: "Heat Stress."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 15, 2017

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