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Heat stroke is a type of body hyperthermia with elevated body temperatures and various symptoms, including neurological symptoms. Heat stroke is the more severe of heat cramps and heat exhaustion and, in many cases, it is a medical emergency requiring prompt treatment so as to avoid death.
The body is normally able to dissipate excess heat via radiation of heat through the skin or through the evaporation of sweat. In heat stroke, the body cannot dissipate the heat so the internal temperature rises, up to perhaps 106 degrees or more. You can get heat stroke if you are really dehydrated in the heat. Without body water, you cannot evaporate through sweating and your body temperature rises.
The people most likely to get heat stroke include the elderly, those with heart disease, those taking medications that promote dehydration, those with lung disease, infants, athletes, and those who work under the sun in the heat.
The signs and symptoms of heat stroke can mimic those of a heart attack and you must pay attention to the conditions under which the symptoms occur. The symptoms include hot, dry skin. You can have nausea and vomiting, tiredness, weakness, muscle cramps and muscle aches, headache and dizziness. You can be confused and can have a decreased level of consciousness. Other signs include a high body temperature, the absence of sweating, difficulty breathing, rapid pulse, unusual behaviour, agitation, hallucinations, seizures and coma.
The treatment of heat stroke includes immediate first aid in order to avoid permanent damage to the brain and other organs. The victim must be cooled as much as possible. You need to get them to a shady area and remove excess clothing. You should put cool or tepid water on them such as from a garden hose. You should place ice packs under the armpits and in the groin area for rapid cooling. Monitor the body temperature closely using rectal thermometers to determine the temperature of the body. You are in the safe range when you reach a body temperature of 101 to 102 degrees. Contact emergency services (911) as soon as you come across someone with heat stroke so that further medical measures can be maintained.
You can prevent heat stroke through staying hydrated when you're outdoors and wearing light colored thin clothing outdoors in the heat, especially if it is humid. If you need to exert yourself outdoors in the heat, you need to drink water frequently so you can sweat off the excess heat in your body. Take frequent breaks in your physical activity and find some shade to rest in. Use plain water or oral electrolyte replacement fluid to replace the fluids lost during sweating. If you feel any symptoms of heat stroke, you need to get to a cool place and begin drinking fluids and using cool cloths to cool yourself. Call 911 if you get hallucinations or confusion.
Remember that heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. It causes a rise in body temperature that can damage the kidneys, brain, heart and liver. The way you can tell the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion is that the heat exhaustion victim will still be sweating. They will have a slightly elevated body temperature and they are short of breath, have a headache and have dizziness. Once it progresses to heat stroke, the patient will have dry skin and an elevated body temperature. The temperature just keeps rising until there is death or treatment. Heat exhaustion generally isn't fatal and yet heat stroke can be fatal, especially if left untreated.
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