Heat stroke is a form of hypothermia. It is a life-threatening condition when you have an abnormal increase of temperature that reaches 104 degrees or higher. There are many ways heat stroke can occur including being in very high temperatures, very high humidity, or engaging in strenuous physical activities during extreme temperatures.
My friend’s father had a heat stroke and his major sign and symptom was the body temperature rising very high. This was during very extreme temperatures. The doctors ended up wrapping his body with cooling blankets and using ice packs. Luckily, it was caught right away and damage to the brain or organs did not happen. Seeking medical attention at the first sign of a heatstroke is very important to minimize any damage and to avoid the possibility of death.
There are several signs and symptoms of a heat stroke that you need to be aware of and to seek medical help as soon as you see any of these signs and symptoms occurring. If you call 911, while they are in transit to your location, it is important to try to cool your body down by whatever means you can. It could be a bathtub full of cold water, or an outside hose, or ice packs. Anything you do will be helpful to minimize damage to your brain or organs.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heat Stroke: High Body Temperature
If your body temperature starts to rise and if your temperature is 104 degrees or high this is a major sign of a heat stroke and you should get to the emergency room right away or call 911.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heat Stroke: You Don’t Sweat
This is a sign that your body temperature is too high. If you are doing very strenuous physical activity in the heat and you body is not emitting sweat, this is one of the first signs that you may be having a heat stroke and you should seek medical attention or call 911.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heat Stroke: You are Hyperventilating
If you have difficulty breathing and it becomes rapid and shallow, this is a sign that you may be having a heat stroke. Seek immediate medical attention or call 911.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heat Stroke: Rapid hart rate and pulse
A normal heart rate usually beats between 60 to 100 beats per minutes. If your heart rate and pulse beats to 130 beat per minute this is cause for concern that you may be having a heat stroke. Seek immediate medial attention or call 911.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heat Stroke: Seizure or Coma
If you experience a seizure in the extreme heat or slip into a coma you may be having a heat stroke. This calls for immediate medical attention and someone should call 911.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heat Stroke: Hallucinations, Confusion, Agitation, and Disorientation
If you are hallucinating, having a lot of confusion and don’t understand your surroundings and become disoriented, this is a sign that you may be having a heat stroke. Another sign is if you are becoming agitated during extreme temperatures. These symptoms should not be ignored and you should seek immediate medical attention right away.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heat Stroke: Muscle cramps or weakness
If your muscles start to become weak or limp, this is a sign that you may be having a heat stroke. Seek immediate attention or call 911 right away.
*The information contained in this article is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice nor is it intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatments. Always consult your doctor before taking any medical advice or if you are concerned about your physical well being.
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