Heat Stroke Treatment Questions and Answers
If you are suffering from high body temperature, nausea, vomiting, flushed skin and start to feel confused or dizzy. Visit AFC Urgent Care Loxahatchee Groves today for heat stroke treatment. We have the treatment options available to help you get your body cooled down faster and stop further damage. We are located at 15689 Southern Blvd. #101 Loxahatchee Groves, FL 33470.
What causes heat stroke?
Sun stroke can be dangerous and is usually quite common during the warmer months like the spring and summer.
Heat stroke and sun stroke can happen to anyone when your body starts to overheat, usually resulting from long periods of exposure to high temperatures. Severe heat stroke can be caused as a form of heat illness; heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher.
Heat stroke can become dangerous and requires immediate medical treatment. If someone that has symptoms of heat stroke go untreated, it can quickly start to cause damage to the person’s vital organs like their heart, kidneys and muscles not including their brain. The damage from heat stroke can become worse the longer treatment is put off which then increases the risk of complications or worse.
Heat stroke and sun stroke are a cause from:
- Being in a severely warm environment
- Strenuous activity
- Wearing too many clothes in warmer weather
- Drinking too much alcohol during warmer temperatures
- Letting your body become dehydrated by not intaking enough fluids like water
How do you treat heat stroke?
The summer months that approach each year as well as taking yearly vacations to warmer destinations are all fun, however make sure to look for the many symptoms of heat stroke while enjoying your time in the warmer weather:
- High body temperature
- Confused mental state or off behavior
- Not being able to sweat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Flushed skin
- Upbeat breathing
- Fast heart rate
When enjoying warmer weather, take precautions to make sure you do not have to endure heat stroke by:
- Wearing loose fitting clothing or clothing that is lightweight
- Wear a high SPF sunscreen, as well as a hat or sit under an umbrella to protect against the sun rays
- Drink plenty of water
- Enjoy your time during the hottest parts of the day inside if you can
- Be more cautious if you are at an increased risk of heat stroke
- Never leave anyone or any animals in a parked or running car
If you start to notice symptoms of heat stroke, make sure you start cooling down your body and getting away from the sun by:
- Sitting under some shade with a fan or indoors with air conditioning
- Remove any extra clothing to help your body start to cool down
- Sit in a cold tub of water like in a bath or stand in the shower with cold water, put ice packs or cold towels all over your body
- Drink plenty of water
- Visit an urgent care like AFC Urgent Care Loxahatchee Groves to receive treatment for your heat stroke
What happens to your body during heat stroke?
Many people suffer from heat-related illnesses, which is when the body’s core temperature starts to go into overdrive from the hot temperatures it’s been in. A few of the symptoms you need to be on the lookout for include:
- Poor coordination
- Blurred vision
- Muscle aches
If a person’s core temperature starts to rise too quickly, it can cause severe damage to your brain or other vital organs. Other issues that can limit your body’s ability to regulate your body’s temperatures include old age, youth (ages 0-4), obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn and substance abuse. If heat stroke is left untreated, it will begin to affect your organs and other vital parts of the body to be damaged and become worse.
What is the difference between heat stroke and sun stroke?
Heat stroke and sun stroke are used interchangeable as they are considered the same condition, just used under different terms.
If you or someone you know is showing signs or symptoms of heat stroke or sun stroke visit an urgent care like AFC Urgent Care Loxahatchee Groves, FL. We are located at 15689 Southern Blvd. #101 Loxahatchee Groves, FL 33470. We serve patients from Loxahatchee Groves FL, Royal Palm Beach FL, Wellington FL, Golden Lakes FL, Century Village FL, and Westgate FL.