Heatstroke occurs when the body can no longer regulate its temperature, and it begins to rise. It usually happens after long exposure to high temperatures or after physical exertion in high temperatures.
It is more common in summer, when the body can exceed 40oC or 104oF
Heatstroke should be treated in the emergency room, as it can cause severe damage to muscles and vital organs.
Symptoms of heatstroke
The main sign of sunstroke or Heatstroke is a rise in body temperature (+ 40oC or 104oF)
Other symptoms are:
Nausea and vomiting
Anyone can get Heatstroke, but some factors increase the risk:
Age (children and adults over 65 years of age)
Playing sports or physical exertion in hot weather
Living in a cold area and suddenly undergoing a hot climate
Lack of ventilation, air conditioning or fan
Some chronic diseases (such as heart or lung)
How can we prevent Heatstroke?
Heatstroke can be avoided by taking certain measures during times of intense heat:
Wear light clothing
Protect yourself against sunburn (using sunscreen)
Never stay or leave someone in a parked car (remember that the temperature inside the car increases 11oC or 20oF in just 10 minutes)
If you are not used to it, acclimatize little by little
Take extra precautions if you are in the risk group
How to recover from a Heatstroke?
If you think that you or someone is suffering from Heatstroke, the ideal is to go to the emergency room, meanwhile, place the person in a cool place and remove bulky or hot clothing and spray cool water on the neck, face, when professional help arrives.
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