Heatstroke generally occurs when an individual has been too hot for too long, whether working, exercising, or simply sitting in a hot environment. Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency.
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. The condition is most common in the summer months.
Symptoms of heat stroke can include
- skin may turn red
- shallow breathing
- the absence of sweating, and
How to avoid Heat Stroke?
- Avoid becoming dehydrated
- Avoid vigorous physical activities in hot and humid weather
- Drink plenty of fluids such as water, sports drinks
- Avoid caffeine, tea and soft drinks
- Replenish your body’s electrolytes
- Take frequent breaks to rest up and to hydrate yourself
- Wear Hats, light coloured and loose clothing
- Keep cars locked when not in use but do not leave infants, children or dogs unattended in the car
- If you suspect heatstroke, call the ambulance or your local emergency number.
- immediately move the person out of the heat, remove excess clothing, and cool him or her by whatever means available. Some things you could do are: Place in a tub of cool water or a cool shower, spray with a garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while misting with cool water, place ice packs or cool wet towels on the neck, armpits and groin, cover with cool damp sheets.
- Always let the person drink cool water to rehydrate, if he or she is able.
- Don’t give sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic beverages to a person with heatstroke.
- Also avoid very cold drinks, as these can cause stomach cramps.
- In case the person loses consciousness, give CPR