My friend and I where jogging around the track at the local college. It was during the summer and I think it was about 90 degrees that day. We didn’t care how hot it was we wanted to continue to jog like we normally did everyday. Well that day was not our normal day. My friend and I became extremely hot and sweaty. My friend was sweaty profusely, became nausea and dizzy. She fell to the ground and appeared out of it. The health center wasn’t too far from the track so I went and got help. Help arrive and took her to the medical center. The doctor told me she would be all right but she was going into hyperthermia and if she didn’t get help in time she would have had a heat stroke. Apparently her body became over heated. Many people don’t know about hyperthermia and can place themselves in a situation where hyperthermia can happen. I want to share with you what some of the symptoms of hyperthermia are, how someone with hyperthermia is treated and what you can do to prevent hyperthermia.
In most cases are body has the ability to cool itself when it is too hot. However when the body becomes overly hot and dehydrated it won’t be able to produce sweat and cool the body off. The bodies heat will continue to rise and a person will go into hyperthermia and eventually have a heat stroke and die. There are symptoms that everyone needs to be aware so they don’t reach the hyperthermia stage. Some signs included but are not limited to are: nausea, dizziness, cramps, dehydrated, headache, throwing up and faint. These are good signs to be aware of and take the next steps to stop the progression towards hyperthermia.
When someone has the signs of hyperthermia it is a good idea to call for help right away. While help is on its way there are things that can be done to reduce and even eliminate the symptoms of hyperthermia. Since a person’s body temperature is extremely hot it is a good idea to cool it off with a cold wet washcloth or ice pack. Help get their entire body cool. You can even have them sit near a refrigerator or fan. Whatever it takes to help that person reduce their temperature. Most likely they will be dehydrated so you will also want to get them some cool water. Water will help get their body to start functioning normally again to cool the body off. What type of medical treatment is decided depends on how seriousness of the persons condition. For someone going into heat stroke medication is usually given right away to prevent a person from having a seizure. Hospitalization will likely be required for someone who is close to having a heat stroke. The medical professionals just want to make sure that the body is not damaged and is functioning normally.
There are things that a person can do to help prevent the occurrence of hyperthermia. Some examples are keeping the body nourished with fluids, avoiding strenuous types of activity in the heat, keep cool with a ice pack, maintain healthy weight and wearing comfortable cool clothing in the heat. My friend would have been just fine if she took these precautions. After receiving help and getting some water into her system she was fine. This is a learning experience that will be shared and hopefully help save the lives of many.