Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Dr. Ben Wedro practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic, a regional trauma center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His background includes undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta, a Family Practice internship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
- Heat cramps facts
- What are heat cramps?
- Who is at risk for heat cramps?
- What causes heat cramps?
- What are the signs and symptoms of heat cramps?
- When should an individual seek medical care for heat cramps?
- How are heat cramps diagnosed?
- How are heat cramps treated?
- What are the complications of heat cramps?
- How can heat cramps be prevented
- What is the prognosis for heat cramps?
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Heat cramps facts
- Heat cramps are intermittent, involuntary
muscle spasms that occur in an
individual who is physically active in hot weather.
- Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and
heat stroke are collectively known as
heat-related illness. Heat cramps are the least serious of the three, but still
can be very painful and alarming.
- Heat cramps usually affect the major muscles that are being stressed in
- Individuals at risk for heat cramps include those who work or are active in
a hot environment.
- Individuals with impaired temperature control mechanisms, such as infants,
young children, and the elderly, are also at a greater risk of heat cramps.
- Heat cramps are the earliest symptoms of a heat-related illness.
- Symptoms of heat cramps include profuse sweating with involuntary spasms of
the large muscles in the body.
- Heat cramps also may be a symptom of heat exhaustion.
- The diagnosis of heat cramps is usually made by reviewing the patient
history and identifying the muscle groups that are involuntarily spasming.
- Treatment of heat cramps include resting, cooling the body, hydration, and
stretching the muscles that are cramping.
- Heat cramps can be prevented by avoiding exercise or work during the heat of the day, drinking plenty of fluids, and resting in cool or shaded areas when possible.
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