Summer temps are rising and heat-related illness or heatstroke can happen. It’s important to know the symptoms and ways to prevent and treat heatstroke so you can enjoy the outdoors safely.
What is a Heatstroke?
Heatstroke occurs when your body is overheating due to high temperature exposure or over exertion from physical activities. When your body temperature rises to 104 F it is considered a heatstroke and requires emergency treatment. If you think you or someone you are with is experiencing symptoms, seek medical help and call 911.
What are the symptoms of a heatstroke?
Body temperature of 104 F or higher
Altered mental state of behaviors, slurred speech, irritability, seizures, confusion or coma
Feeling sick to your stomach, vomiting, nausea
Flushed skin, you may turn red and your skin is hot and dry to the touch
Labored breathing that is rapid and shallow
Racing heart rate
What are ways to treat a heatstroke?
It is important to cool your body temperature as quickly as possible to prevent damage to your body.
Cold water or Ice water bath
Mist your body with cool water and fans
Wrap yourself if cooling blankets and ice packs applied to neck, back, armpits and groin areas
How to prevent a heatstroke?
If possible, reduce any outdoor activities when there are excessive heat warnings
Frequently take breaks in shade or air-conditioned places
Use cool damp towels and fans
Take cool showers or baths
Keep yourself hydrated and rehydrate frequently with water or sports drinks
Avoid high sugar and alcoholic beverages
Avoid very cold drinks as these can cause stomach pain or cramps