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Heat Cramps (Overview)

Heat cramps are simply muscle cramps that occur in hot and usually humid environments. Seen most commonly in outdoor athletes, the cramps are usually secondary to dehydration and/or heavy losses of electrolytes including sodium, magnesium and potassium during sweating.


Heat Cramps (Overview)

Heat cramps are simply muscle cramps that occur in hot and usually humid environments. Seen most commonly in outdoor athletes, the cramps are usually secondary to dehydration and/or heavy losses of electrolytes including sodium, magnesium and potassium during sweating.


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What are heat cramps and can they be mild?

What are heat cramps and can they be mild?

Yes: Heat "cramps" are the mildest of heat injuries. Please try to stay hydrated as even heat cramps are releasing probable harmful chemicals into you circulation. ...Read more

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Treating Heat Stroke (Checklist)

Get into an air-conditioned area
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Take a cool bath or shower
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Rehydrate with water or a sports drink
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Avoid alcohol
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If you get heat cramps, how do you feel?

If you get heat cramps, how do you feel?

Tied, muscle pain: Heat cramps can result in intense tightening of the muscle for seconds to minutes and are often very painful. Immediate treatment involves resting the affected area, gentle stretching of the muscle (if possible) and hydration. Many, but not all, cramps are related to dehydration and/or sodium/potassium depletion. After cramps, many feel very fatigued, thirsty and those muscles become sore. ...Read more

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Other than taking something, heat pad, and dark chocolate, what are some ways to get rid of menstrual cramps?

Other than taking something, heat pad, and dark chocolate, what are some ways to get rid of menstrual cramps?

Menstrual cramps: Menstrual cramps are due to the release of prostaglandins from the uterus at the time of bleeding. The most effective way to treat this is with an antiprostaglandin medication such asa, Aleve (naproxen) etc. This class of drugs decrease prostaglandin production and thus decrease the pain associated with menses. ...Read more

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Managing Menstrual Cramps (Checklist)

Track your periods
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Rate your pain
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Tell your gyn what works for your pain
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Try taking NSAIDs the day before your period starts, if you can take them
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What are heat cramps like?

Heat cramps: Painful, involuntary cramps, brief, intermittent jerks, due to electrolyte abnormality---. ...Read more

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What to do for heat cramps?

Gradual practice: Cooling, hydration, electrolyte replenish--- when in hot humid weather, slow warming with all precaution, get your body accustomed. ...Read more

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If you get heat cramps, how do you feel?

Tied, muscle pain: Heat cramps can result in intense tightening of the muscle for seconds to minutes and are often very painful. Immediate treatment involves resting the affected area, gentle stretching of the muscle (if possible) and hydration. Many, but not all, cramps are related to dehydration and/or sodium/potassium depletion. After cramps, many feel very fatigued, thirsty and those muscles become sore. ...Read more