Heatstroke occurs when your body overheats, commonly as a result of extended exposure to or physical effort in hot weather. If your body temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius), you may experience heatstroke. Summer is when the disorder is most prevalent.
Heatstroke necessitates immediate medical attention. Heatstroke can swiftly harm your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles if left untreated. The longer you wait for treatment, the worse the damage becomes, raising your chance of serious complications or death.
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What are the symptoms of a heatstroke?
Signs and symptoms of heat stroke include:
- Body Temperature: Heatstroke is diagnosed by a core body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or greater, which can be measured with a rectal thermometer.
- Altered State of Mind: Heatstroke can cause confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures, and coma, among other symptoms.
- Abnormal Sweating: If you’re suffering from heatstroke, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. Your skin may feel dry or somewhat damp in heatstroke caused by vigorous exertion.
- Vomiting and Nausea: You may vomit or feel sick to your stomach.
- Redness of Skin: As your body temperature rises, your skin may turn red.
- Accelerated Breathing: It’s possible that your breathing will become quick and shallow.
- Accelerated Heartbeat: Because heat stress puts a tremendous strain on your heart to assist cool your body, your pulse may rise dramatically.
- Headache: It’s possible that your head will also start to ache. That is normally the dehydration causing it.
Heatstroke during summers is common in some countries.
Get in touch with a medical expert immediately. If you are unable to manage that, ask people around you to help you in contacting the needful. If it’s someone around you, while you wait for emergency help, take immediate steps to cool the hot person.
- Bring the person inside or into the shade.
- Remove any unnecessary garments.
- Put the person in a cool tub of water or take a cool shower, spray with a garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while spraying with cool water, or apply ice packs or cold, wet towels to the person’s head, neck, & armpits.