Heatstroke / exhaustion

  • Condition in which the body is unable to control the body temperature in the normal range
  • Symptoms may include high fever, decreased or absence of sweating, weakness and confusion
  • Cause may be due to infections, salt or water depletion, excessive activity in hot weather or medications
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in very young and elderly
  • May be mild to severe
  • Life threatening if left untreated

  • Move from direct sunlight
  • Remove unnecessary clothing
  • Get into cool shower, bath, or cover with damp sheet, then direct fan at the person
  • Place person on their side to expose as much skin area as possible
  • Apply ice pack to groin, neck, and armpits
  • Encourage intake of fluids and salt
  • Check temperature frequently
  • Do not immerse in cold ice water
  • Do not give Aspirin or Acetaminophen to lower temperature. It can cause other problems
  • Monitor level of consciousness
  • Wear lightweight cotton clothing to allow cooling
  • Get into air conditioning to cool off if possible
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid being inside hot vehicles
  • Never leave anyone in parked vehicle in hot weather for any length of time
  • Exercise in early morning or late evening
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol and caffeine

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF

  • Patient becomes unconsciousness for longer than a few seconds
  • You have convulsions
  • You have problems breathing
  • You have confusion, severe restlessness or anxiety
  • You have a fast heartbeat
  • Your skin feels hot and dry, even in armpits
  • You have severe vomiting and diarrhea

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