What is a heat stroke?
Heat stroke is caused by the body’s overheating. This is usually a result of physical exertion in high temperatures or prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature rises over 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
What are the symptoms of heat stroke?
Symptoms of heat stroke can include:
- Lose Consciousness
- Rapid breath
- Racing heart rate
- Changes in sweating (no sweating/dry skin)
- High body temps
When to see a doctor for heatstroke
If you suspect yourself or someone you’re with is experiencing heat stroke see a doctor immediately. Heatstroke should always be treated quickly. Untreated heat stroke can cause damage to the muscles, kidneys, brain, and heart.
Heat Stroke in Children
Symptoms of heat stroke in children can differ slightly from adults. If your child has been outside or in any hot environment look for the following symptoms:
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- A body temperature that rises dangerously high – above 104˚ Fahrenheit
- Absence of sweating
- Flushed, hot and dry skin (skin may be wet)
- Confusion, disorientation
- Rapid heartbeat and breathing
- Severe headache
- Weakness and/or dizziness
- Loss of consciousness
If your child is experiencing any of the above symptoms you should seek medical attention as soon as possible and take the following actions immediately.
- Bring your child indoors and undress them.
- Immersing them in a bathtub of cold water.
- If a bathtub is not available, place cold towels or ice packs over the body and replace them frequently.
- Don’t push fluids unless your child is conscious and alert.
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