Home Health House Calls: Heatstroke

Published 06/04 2014 09:28AM

Updated 06/04 2014 09:31AM


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Your body stays cool by sweating and releasing heat through your skin.
If this cooling system fails, your body temperature may rise to very high levels.
In severe cases, your brain and other vital organs may shut down.
This is known as heatstroke.
Symptoms of heatstroke are body temperature of 104 or greater, hot dry skin, nausea vomiting, rapid heartbeat, confusion or fainting.
Heatstroke is an extreme medical emergency and you should call 911 right away.
Until help arrives move the affected person into the shade.
Remove the person’s clothing, and apply cool water or wet towels or sheets.
Ice packs can be applied to the neck, armpits, and groin.
Unless the body is cooled, death can occur within minutes.
Do not ignore symptoms of heatstroke, get help right away.

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