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Heat Stroke: The Opposite of Cool

Now that most of us are spending a lot of time outside in the gorgeous warm and sunny weather, it's a good idea to know the warning signs of heat stroke. You can be at risk if you are exposed to high temperatures, not drinking enough fluids, or if you are exercising in a hot and humid room with little ventilation.

Heat stroke is actually a form of hyperthermia (abnormally elevated body temperature), and it's similar to heat exhaustion, but much more severe. A person suffering from heat stroke could suffer permanent organ damage or death if they are not properly treated. Here are the symptoms of heat stroke:

  • high body temperature
  • red or flushed dry skin, no sweating
  • rapid pulse
  • hard time breathing or irregular breath
  • confusion, acting strange, hallucinations
  • seizure
  • fainting, unconsciousness
  • coma

Want to know what to do in case someone is suffering from heat stroke? Then

  • Cool the victim off - get her/him into a cool place, remove excess clothing, and apply cool water or ice packs to their skin. Or get into a cool shower or spray a hose on their skin.
  • Have someone stay with the victim and have someone else call for an ambulance.
  • If you can, get them to drink water.

Fit's Tips: To prevent heat stroke in the first place, avoid being out in hot temperatures for long periods of time. Drink plenty of water if you are outside or in a hot and humid room. You can also take cool showers or go swimming to keep from overheating.


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