With much of the nation caught in the grip of a massive heat wave that is showing no signs of dissipating any time soon it is time to know some of the signs of heat stroke. Yes, heat exhaustion does come before heat stroke but heat stroke is more dangerous and more deadly because high body temperatures can damage vital organs and the brain.
Although the signs can vary, some of the symptoms of heat stroke include:
- Skin that is hot, red, and dry with no sweating
- An extremely high body temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit
- Your pulse is strong and rapid
- You have a throbbing headache
- You feel dizzy
- You fell sick to your stomach
- You start to feel confused
- You loose consciousness
If you or someone you know is displaying any or all of these heat stroke symptoms here is what you should do.
- Make sure that you get yourself or the other person into a shady area
- Cool off rapidly using whatever methods you have such as a cool shower, getting into a tub of cool water, spraying off with cool water, or wrap yourself or victim in a cool wet sheet if the humidity is low.
- Make sure that you are monitoring the body temperature and continue the cooling process. You want to make sure that the body temperature drops to at least 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible
- Do not give them anything alcoholic to drink.