Hospiten tells us about heat strokes
Heat stroke is a sudden increase in body temperature brought on by prolonged sun exposure, hot weather, or strenuous exercise.
It primarily affects elderly persons and little children under 2 whose respiratory systems are still developing. Those with a history of diseases may have their symptoms exacerbated by the heat stroke.
What symptoms are present?
The main symptoms that we can present during a heat stroke:
- Intense thirst and dry mouth.
- Sensation of suffocating heat.
- Dizziness and nausea.
- Stomach pain.
- Reddened skin.
- High fever (above 40ºC).
- Respiratory distress (mainly rapid breathing).
What should we do if we suspect heat stroke?
In the event of a heat stroke, we should take off any extra clothing, take a warm shower, drink a lot of water, stay in a well-ventilated place, and if the symptoms persist, visit a hospital to be examined.
What can we do to prevent it?
The most important piece of advice is to stay hydrated. Drinking water regularly will keep your body hydrated and replace any fluids you lose via sweating.
Wear comfortable shoes in light colors and cotton clothing. Use a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun when you leave the house.
If we are indoors, stay in well-ventilated areas.
Avoid exercising and being in the sun during the highest-risk times of the day (noon to 4:00 pm).