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Symptoms and treatment for heat stroke

As the hottest days of summer are upon us it is important to know the signs of a heat stroke and how to treat one if you or someone you know is experiencing a problem.

Heat strokes are often caused by the progression of a heat related illness such as heat cramps, fainting, and exhaustion due to hot conditions.

Symptoms of a heat stroke may include:

  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Red, hot, and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat, strong or weak
  • rapid or shallow breathing
  • behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
  • seizures
  • unconsciousness
  • body temperature over 105 degrees Fahrenheit

The best ways to treat a heat stroke include:

  • Immediately call 911 or transport the person to the hospital quickly
  • While waiting for emergency services move person to air conditioned and shady area
  • Remove any unnecessary clothes while waiting for professional medical attention
  • Take the person's body temperature while waiting for medical help
  • Try to cool off their body by wetting the skin with a sponge or cloth
  • To cool off the person apply ice packs to the patients armpits, groin, neck, and back.
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