Heat Stroke

Heat Stroke

Heatstroke is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperature and dehydration. This causes the body’s temperature control system  to malfunction and fail.

 

Heatstroke is the most serious  of sun injuries and is classed as a medical emergency. Heatstroke can damage or kill the brain and other vital organs in the body. 

Signs & Symptoms: 

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Throbbing Headache

  • Lack of sweating (despite the heat)

  • Red, hot and dry skin

  • Cramps

  • Rapid Shallow breathing

  • Seizures

  • Confusion

  • Disorientation

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Coma

 

 

Preventitive Care: 

 

  • Drink plenty of cold drinks, especially when exercising

  • Take cool baths or showers

  • Wear light-coloured loose clothing

  • Avoid excess exercising

  • Avoid the sun from 11am to 3pm, as these are the hottest times of the day

  • Avoid excess alchohol

Heat stroke is a medical emergency - always seek medical help if you think yourself or someone else is suffering from this!

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