When your body overheats and your core temperature exceeds 104F (40°C), you are at risk of heatstroke. This condition is often fatal and it is caused by extended exposure to/overexertion in high temperatures. Heatstroke is most rampant during the summer months and here are its common symptoms:
- Irregular sweating: when heatstroke is caused by hot weather, the skin becomes quite dry and extremely hot to the touch. When caused by overexertion, the skin is hot and slightly moist.
- Increased heart rate: as the heart struggles to cool the body, it becomes strained and the heart rate increases. This is often accompanied by shallow and rapid breathing.
- There may also be some confusion, delirium, and agitation. Seizures and slurred speech are also symptoms of heatstroke.
- Other symptoms include a headache, flushed skin, nausea, and vomiting.
The Importance of Emergency Care
When heatstroke is not treated quickly, it can damage the major organs (heart, brain, kidneys, etc.). The longer treatment is delayed, the worse the damage. Heatstroke has been known to lead to serious health complications and even death.
If someone close to you is suffering from heatstroke, take immediate action to alleviate the condition while seeking out professional medical care. Here are some tips:
- Shed excess clothing and take the patient to a cooler area.
- Do whatever you can to bring down their temperature. A cold shower, ice packs, wet towels, or a garden hose may do the trick. Focus on cooling their head, neck, armpits, and groin area.
PCP for Life provides emergency care for heatstroke patients in Texas and they have facilities all over the Greater Houston Area, from Cypress to Spring and Magnolia. Call 281-968-4096 now for any inquiries.