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23 Jul

Heatstroke – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Overview:

Heatstroke is also commonly known as Hyperthermia is an acute condition that occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat than it can dissipate. It is caused by the failure of the body’s temperature-regulating mechanism when exposed to high temperatures and immense heat

 

What are the causes of a heat stroke?

Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. The most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke, can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher.

 

Symptoms of a heat stroke:

Symptoms of a heat stroke include:

  • Skin becoming red as blood vessels dilate in an attempt to increase heat dissipation.
  • Low blood pressure causing blood vessels to contract as heat stroke progresses, resulting in pale or bluish skin color.
  • Complain regarding hot feeling may be followed by chills & trembling, as is the case in fever.
  • Some victims, considering young children, may suffer convulsions.
  • Acute dehydration that accompanies heatstroke can produce nausea & vomiting; temporary blindness may also be observed.
  • In extreme cases, as body organs begin to defuse, unconsciousness & coma will result.

 

Prevention/Treatment:

The risk of heatstroke can be reduced by observing precautions to avoid overheating & dehydration. Light, loose-fitting clothing will let perspiration evaporate. Wide-brimmed hats in bright color keep the sun from warming the head & neck; vents on a hat will let perspiration to cool the head. Strenuous exercise should not be practiced during daylight hours in hot weather; so should remaining in enclosed spaces (such as automobiles).

 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-stroke/…causes/syc-20353581

 

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