How to manage Heat Stroke: A quick guide

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Heat Stroke is a condition characterized by very high rise in body temperature, and a person suffering from heat stroke can show following symptoms: 

  • High body temperature of around 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Hot, dry and reddish colored (Flushed) Skin. 
  • Altered mental state like confusion, agitation, irritability, seizures and in extreme cases it can cause loss of consciousness. 
  • Nausea, headache and light headedness. 
  • Increase in heart rate and rapid breathing. 
  • Muscle cramps and fatigue. 

On suspecting a person suffering from heat strokes, the medical emergency assistance number shall be called immediately, and professional help must be taken.

While waiting for medical assistance following steps can be taken: 

  • Move the person in a shade or some cooler area. 
  • Lower the body temperature of person by applying cool water either as a spray or sponge to cool the skin. 
  • Use a fan or some object which can create an airflow to evaporate sweat and cool the skin. 
  • If the person is able to stand, then ask him to take a shower if possible. 
  • Offer little quantity of cold water if they are conscious (avoid giving large quantity of water, and caffeinated drinks). 

Heat stroke can be life threatening, so it is very much necessary to take immediate steps and begin cooling the body of the person until medical help arrives. 

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