Suffering from heat stroke can ruin your holiday or day out in the sun. Given this, it’s important to know what symptoms of heat stroke to look out for. The consequences of heat stroke can quickly turn a great day into a terrible one, memorable for all the wrong reasons. Such is the seriousness of heat stroke, it is considered a medical emergency. If you suspect that you, or someone else you know, is suffering from heatstroke, it’s best to call for medical assistance.
The reason heat stroke is considered to be so serious is because it can damage the brain and other internal organs. In fact, the most tragic cases of heat stroke result in death.
What are the most common symptoms of heatstroke?
The biggest symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature that reads more than 40 degrees Celsius. Of course, this isn’t always possible to measure and often the first sign of heat stroke is fainting.
Other common symptoms include:
- A throbbing and painful headache
- Feelings of dizziness and light-headedness
- Red, hot and dry skin
- Cramps and muscle weakness
- Feelings of confusion and disorientation
- Not sweating, no matter how hot it is
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat – either strong or weak
- Shallow, rapid breathing
None of the above sound at all pleasant. This is why it’s important to take all precautions necessary to minimise the risk of heat stroke hitting. If you are suffering from these symptoms after a day in the sun we advise you to get medical advice immediately.
How can I avoid suffering the symptoms of heat stroke?
You can help guard yourself against heat stroke in the same way you would with any other health risk from the sun and hot weather. The main methods include:
- Drinking plenty of water: Staying hydrated goes a long way to helping prevent heat stroke
- Taking regular breaks: Making sure you don’t stay exposed to the heat and the sun for prolonged periods of time minimises the chances of heat stroke occurring
- Protecting yourself: Sun hats, sun cream and sunglasses all have their part to play in keeping you safe when out in the sun.
When it comes to sun protection, it’s important to have faith in your equipment. If you suffer from heat stroke because of faulty products, you may be due compensation. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on your way so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice