Do you know if you are fully prepared for the warm days of summer and in other warm climates? Not many people think about heat stroke or what the symptoms of heat stroke are. Understanding the signs and symptoms of heat stroke can keep you and your family safe during even the hottest days of the year. Knowing what to do when you have heat stroke can be the difference between visiting the hospital or not when someone is showing the symptoms of heat stroke.
Read on to learn more about the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, so that you’re fully informed by the time someone is already experiencing them.
What Are Symptoms of Heat Stroke?
Do you know what the symptoms of heat stroke are? Heat stroke is associated with high temperatures and a lack of hydration (dehydration). Heat stroke is also commonly associated as “heat exhaustion,” but they all have similar symptoms.
The earliest signs of heat stroke are considerably mild, but are still worth being concerned about and looking for treatment when noticing them.
- Excessive Thirst
- Muscle Cramping
As heat stroke begins to develop beyond the mild symptoms stage, the symptoms begin to get a little more considerable. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should seek help immediately and follow the recommendations for treating heat stroke below.
- Profuse Sweating (or) Inability to Sweat
- Decreased Urine Output
- Dark Yellow (or) Amber Colored Urine
- Dry Mouth and Swollen Tongue
- Pale Skin
If heat stroke symptoms aren’t taken care of in time, the symptoms will progressively get worse until they are considered “severe.” If someone is found experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek emergency medical attention immediately.
- Fever Exceeding 103°F
- Difficulty Breathing
- Rapid Heartbeat (or) Palpitations
- Chest/Abdominal Pains
What to Do When You Have Heat Stroke
If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of heat stroke, you should take action immediately. Knowing what to do and taking corrective action as quickly as possible can help to reduce the risk of heat stroke or permanent damage to the individual.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
One of the best ways to prevent heat stroke is to stay very hydrated. Your fluid intake should be much greater when spending time out in the sun or in hot temperatures than you would on a normal, cooler day or when most of your day is spent indoors and in the shade. It’s common to consider the rule of “8 glasses of 8 ounces of water” when trying to figure out how much water to drink throughout the day. If you’re spending more time than your average in the sun, consider that rule the bare minimum in order to stay hydrated.
Contact Medical Professionals
If someone is currently experiencing severe symptoms of heat stroke and any corrective action is not showing any signs of improvement, you should contact a medical professional. It helps to stay in contact with a medical professional while treating a potential heat stroke victim as they will need treatment as early as possible should symptoms not improve.
Wear Loose Fitting Clothing
In order to help prevent the risks of heat stroke, it’s recommended to wear clothing that is loose and allows air to flow freely throughout your attire. This will help your body to breath and prevent heat from getting trapped between your body and your clothing.
Limit Physical Activity
When the temperatures are hotter than usual, it’s recommended to keep any strenuous physical activity to a minimum. Using your body for certain activities (like exercising, running, playing sports, etc.) can make your body work harder than usual when it’s hotter out. If you are going to spend time outdoors, make sure to take periodic breaks for your body to cool off.
Stay In the Shade
If you can, make sure to spend as much time as possible in the shade and out of the sunlight. The sun can add a lot more heat to your body that could otherwise be avoided on a particularly hot day. Trees and buildings can supply a lot of shade in some areas. You can even use certain clothing accessories, like large hats, to keep more sun off of your body. It helps to have sunscreen readily available at all times.
If you or someone you know is experiencing heat stroke, get them out of the sun, supply them with water and contact Banner Urgent Care today. We’ll help you determine the severity of the heat stroke and whether or not an individual may need emergency me