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When should you call your doctor about heat cramps?

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Heat cramps can be quite painful. Consider seeking medical attention if the symptoms do not go away with rest and after restoring fluid and electrolytes.

Call your doctor if these conditions develop:

  • If you are unable to drink sufficient fluids because you have nausea or are vomiting, you may need IV rehydration with normal saline.
  • Heat cramps may accompany heat exhaustion.
  • If you have more severe symptoms of heat illness, including dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, headache, fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, or a high temperature (greater than 104 degrees), get immediate medical care.

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

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

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 15, 2017

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