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Heat cramps

Heat cramps: Introduction

Muscular contractions or cramps caused by exercise or working in a hot environment. Dehydration can increase the risk of heat cramps. The often painful cramps usually occur in the leg muscles and can spread to the abdomen and upper limbs. An excess loss of sodium chloride through sweat together with reduced sodium chloride levels resulting from drinking water appears to be the cause of the cramping. ...more »

Symptoms of Heat cramps

Treatments for Heat cramps

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Sports drinks - contain fluids and salts (electrolytes)
  • Rest in cool place
  • See also treatment of dehydration
  • more treatments...»

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Causes of Heat cramps

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Prevention of Heat cramps

Prevention information for Heat cramps has been compiled from various data sources and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Heat cramps.

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Drink adequate salt or electrolyte fluids
  • Drink fluids before exertion or exercise
  • Drink fluids during exertion or exercise
  • Avoid exertion in hottest weather
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