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Heat Stroke: Know the Signs

By Virginia Laird

Heat stroke is a serious problem, especially during the intense heat of the summer. It can be fatal. The heat can cause serious issues, especially for those who are very young, elderly, and those with underlying health conditions. It is imperative to know the signs and understand how to prevent it. First off, if you think you or someone you're withy is experiencing a heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately. In order to avoid this problem, it is important to understand the following:

  • What causes heat stroke
  • What are the signs of heat stroke
  • How can heat stroke be treated

The Cause

When the body cannot sweat appropriately to release the heat, the body temperature rises. When exposed to extreme heat, high humidity, or physical activity in the sun, heat stroke can set in. Another cause of heat stroke can be dehydration. Anytime the body's ability to sweat is impaired, it can cause heat stroke.

The Signs

Knowing the signs of a heat stroke can play a significant role in survival. Disorientation, confusion, and the lack of sweating are all key signs that a heat stroke is in full swing. In extreme cases, it can lead to coma. It is important to know that this can happen when it is least expected. There are those who have been the victim of a heat stroke and have not overexerted in the heat. Be mindful of your body and its needs.

The Treatment

People should never attempt to treat a heat stroke solely on their own. It is a medical emergency and should be treated as one. While waiting for medical professionals to help, it is important to cool the victim. Removing unnecessary layers of clothing, apply cold wet towels can help with the cooling process. Ice cold compresses are best when trying to cool the victim. Be ready to treat for shock, as well.

Keep in mind, people can survive heat stroke if it is recognized early enough to receive the right help.

Prevention is Key

There are a few things that can be done to prevent (or decrease the odds of) heat stroke. A few things to do to help prevent it include:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Don't try to do too much in the heat

Hopefully you are more prepared to prevent heat stroke for you and your loved ones. Good luck beating the heat during your outdoor summer activities.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rosemead, Calif.

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