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What are the symptoms of Heatstroke?

What is Heatstroke and how do I know if I have it?


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Heatstoke (also called Sunstroke), occurs when your core body temperature reaches 105° degrees Fahrenheit (41° C) or higher.  It is Life Threatening, Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.

Symptoms of Heatstroke can include:

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • changes in consciousness;
  • vomiting.
  • high body temperature
  • Loss of coordination
  • Confused or uncooperative mental state, which moves to unconsciousness
  • Rapid pulse
  • Rapid breathing
  • Hot and red skin (flushed), which can be dry or wet.
  • Seizures

Treatment for Heatstoke / Sunstroke

  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
  • Treat person suspected of heatstroke immediately (Heatstroke is Life Threatening)
  • Shade patient from the sun
  • Cool down person (fan vigorously, splash water on them, or cool patient by packing them in snow
  • Remove any clothes from the person that may keep in heat
  • Apply ice packs (or snow packs) to areas of the body (specifically wrists, ankles, groin, neck and armpits)
  • Get the body temperature to drop below 102° F (39° C), before stopping cooling.
  • Get the patient to a medical personal as soon as possible.

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