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Heat Stroke – Symptoms and causes

Heat Stroke Cause

Exposure to high temperatures for a prolonged period leads to a disruption of the body’s temperature control system

Symptoms

  1. High body temperature, 40°c
  2. Dry, hot and red skin
  3. Dizziness and headaches
  4. Shallow breathing
  5. Rapid heartbeat
  6. Nausea
  7. Weakness or Cramps
  8. Seizures
  9. Unconsciousness
  10. No sweating despite an increase in temperature

Prevention

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  • Avoid outdoor activities
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, especially in hot weather
  • Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Stay in shaded areas and wear sun-protective clothing/accessories
  • Avoid sitting in an enclosed vehicle with the engine turned off

First Aid for Heat Stroke

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  1. Move the affected person to an air-conditioned environment or a cool, shady area
  2. Remove any unnecessary clothing
  3. Wet his or her skin with cold water using a damp cloth or towel. Place ice packs under the person’s armpits, groin, and neck.
  4. Drink plenty of water and electrolytes when the patient is fully conscious
  5. Have the person lie down with their feet elevated
  6. Transport the person to a hospital as soon as possible.

 Call 02-632-1000 immediately and give first aid until paramedics arrive.

Any delay seeking medical help can be fatal.

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