When summer comes, so does the heat. Indoor air conditioning is great, but even when the temperature is climbing, there is no replacing a fun day outside. Children will be eager to play tag around the neighborhood and families might be looking for new hiking adventures to go on. No matter what you’re doing outside this season, the heat and the sun can be dangerous when precautions aren’t taken.
Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs when your body’s temperature rises to above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. This kind of overheating is very dangerous and recognizing the signs of it can mean the difference between life and death.
Signs of Heatstroke
The symptoms of a heatstroke, or the signs that someone is at risk to have one, can be difficult to spot. When it is hot outside, knowing when someone is overheated or just working up a healthy sweat isn’t always easy. But look for some of these severe signs to know when you or your loved ones are at risk.
- Altered State of Mind or Altered Behavior: If the weather I exceptionally hot and someone begins to act strange, they are at likely overheated. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, and delirium can be signs of a heat stroke.
- Coma or Seizures: If someone collapses and is unconscious or has a seizure, seek immediate emergency medical attention. They have probably suffered from a heatstroke and need help!
- Alteration in Sweating: This one sounds strange, but if you think someone is overheating outside, touch their skin. Even if someone was sweating earlier, when their body is overheated, their skin might feel dry to the touch. Heatstrokes occurring because of hot weather are more likely to result in dry, hot skin, while heatstrokes occurring because of strenuous exercise could have moist, sweaty skin or dry skin.
- Nausea & Vomiting: If someone is feeling hot, so hot that they get dizzy and throw up, then they need to get help. Heatstroke could be setting in if you are vomiting and dizzy because of feeling so hot, and seeking medical attention is advised.
- Rapid, Uneven Breathing: If someone cannot catch their breath or is having trouble breathing, then they are very likely getting overheated. If this symptom presents with others, then it is a clear indication of heatstroke.
- Racing Heart Beat: Just like trouble breathing, if someone’s pulse sky rockets and Their experiencing other symptoms as well, then they are likely having a heatstroke. An out of control heart rate is another sign of overheating.
When is it heatstroke?
Some of these symptoms are not exclusive to heatstroke. Anyone who’s played outdoor sports has probably experienced heaving breathing, fast heart rates, and a bit of irritability during a 3-hour-long game in the sun. But those people are not necessarily having heatstrokes on the middle of the field. To evaluate how overheated someone might be, see how many symptoms they are experiencing. How many of them are happening at the same time, with no other conditions causing them?
If you suspect someone is at risk for a heatstroke, then take action immediately! Just like regular strokes, heatstrokes are dangerous and life threatening. If you or a loved one feels overheated this summer, then sit in the shade, drink lots of water, and if you suspect a heat stroke, seek immediate emergency help.
Texarkana Emergency Center is open 24/7, even on holidays, and it prepared to treat children and adults for any emergency situation. If you find yourself or a loved one experiencing a heatstroke, please find the nearest medical facility and consult wit ha physician about proper treatment.
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