What is heatstroke?

What is heatstroke? From the Mayo Clinic, “Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher. Heatstroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heat stroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death.”

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Heat stroke is avoidable. Stay out of the sun and outdoors during the hottest times of the day. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Find shade during the. Beware of over-exerting yourself during warm weather.

Look for the signs and symptoms of heat stroke:

  • High body temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nausea
  • Feeling confused
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)

If you think you or your loved might be suffering from heatstroke, “Seek immediate medical help. Call 911 or your local emergency services number.” Heatstroke is a medical emergency.

“Take immediate action to cool the overheated person while waiting for emergency treatment.” From the Mayo Clinic, “ Get the person into shade or indoors. Remove excess clothing.
Cool the person with whatever means available — put in a cool tub of water or a cool shower, spray with a garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while misting with cool water, or place ice packs or cold, wet towels on the person’s head, neck, armpits and groin.”

Children and the elder are more vulnerable to heatstroke, as well as those with certain pre-existing medical conditions. The best way to avoid heatstroke is prevention.

Enjoy the end of summer safely. Contact or visit your nearest U.N.I Urgent Care for all your medical needs.