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What are the symptoms of a heat stroke and how to treat it

BayRadio | July 18, 2022
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The high temperatures that come to us during this summer and the future heat waves, it is most likely that sooner or later we have a heat stroke or sunstroke. The rise of temperatures above 40 degrees in many cities of the Peninsula and the excess of humidity that occurs during these days have become factors to be taken into account because they can put our health at risk.

In such situations, in which dehydration of the body predominates, prevention is indispensable for the maintenance of our health. Good hydration, walking in the shade, adequate food and avoiding being on the street in the hottest hours, among other measures, are always the best options, according to experts.

It is essential to know what are the symptoms of sunstroke to be able to act in time (especially in older people and children) and to live our day to day best in this very hot summer.

The most common symptoms, initially, are usually headaches, nausea, dizziness and vomiting.

The following symptoms are usually raised body temperature, altered consciousness and disorientation, which must be treated urgently as they can lead to the collapse of the organism.

What can we do in the face of a heat stroke?

  • Take the affected person to a cool place or with as much shade as possible.
  • Place them in a semi-seated position with the head raised so that it helps them to breath and, in this way, air can enter.
  • To reduce body temperature, some clothes must be removed and refreshed with water cloths on the head or neck to restore stability.
  • In addition, you should bring fresh water to rehydrate the affected person and make them drink in small sips because, conversely, this could worsen the situation of the person.

In the event that the person does not recover, you must bend their legs quickly and then call the Emergency Service.

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