Dangers of Heat Stroke
As summer temperatures increase and we ponder why people ever settled here, so do the risks of heat stroke. Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. Untreated heatstroke may quickly lead to damage of your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles.
Signs and Symptoms
Recognizing the following signs and symptoms of heat stroke is vital to a proper and timely response.
A throbbing headache is one of the first warning signs.
Lack of Perspiration
Skin will be dry and hot to the touch.
Nausea and Vomiting
May experience a rapid, strong pulse. The heart is working on overdrive as it attempts to cool your body.
Altered Mental State
Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures, and coma can all result from heatstroke.
May begin to look like a lobster.
Action – Call 911 Immediately
Get the person or yourself, into a cool, shaded environment.
Remove excess clothing.
Cool the person or yourself, with whatever means possible.
- Spray with garden hose.
- Put in tub of cold water.
- Place cold towels or ice packs on head, groin, armpits, and neck.
Heat stroke doesn’t need to be scary. As long as you make sure to drink plenty of water, wear light clothing, and avoid long exposure to the heat, your summer can be exactly how you planned it to be.