How to Spot and Handle a Heat Stroke

Posted On : August 3, 2018   In ,

 

Now that it’s August, you might be thinking that summer is over with all of the back-to-school activities that are taking place. However, here in central Texas, we’re right in the dog days of summer. 

Like most busy families and young Austinites, you’re probably always on the go. With so many activities to attend and so many outdoor adventures to go on, it’s important to know the signs of a heat stroke, and how to handle one. 

First, what exactly is a heat stroke? According to Merriam-Webster: 

Heatstroke: a life-threatening condition marked especially by cessation of sweating, extremely high body temperature, and collapse that results from prolonged exposure to high temperature 

Additional signs and symptoms to look for: 

  • A Throbbing headache 
  • Disorientation 
  • Dizziness 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Rapid and/or shallow breathing 
  • Muscle cramps 
  • Weak/rapid pulse 
  • Low blood pressure

If you or someone you know is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it is recommended to visit your nearest emergency room for proper treatment. 

Remember, before you head out into the summer heat, take some preventative steps: 

  • Drink plenty of fluids 
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing 
  • Protect against sunburn with sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses 
  • Avoid drinking alcohol 
  • Try to shift outside time to early mornings or evenings when temperatures are cooler 

Stay safe, cool and prepare for the summer heat these next few months!