How to prevent a heat stroke

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How to prevent a heat stroke?

 

That is a Sneaky condition.

It will happen when you are the least expecting it.

It is kind of a ghost hovering over your head and ready to attack.

It needs to be taken seriously .

I experienced it, well, not me but my wife did, as we took a walk on the wild side on a very hot summer day (July), at some temperature in the
+100 F in LaQuinta, California (Mojave desert) 130 Miles east from Los Angeles !

We had all the water needed, but probably not enough. By chance, we did not plan to go far.

She started to get dizzy and suddenly dropped on her knees, starting to get nauseated. I had to support and bring her to my place under the A/C as fast as I could, because eventually it could have get worst. She slowly got her strength back,and was OK.

The humidity level is around 30%. You don’t sweat as much as we do in Canada (British Columbia) for the same period at 75 F (Approx.73%).

The rules are different !How to prevent a heat stroke

REMEMBER !

The first signs of thirst,means “dehydration”.

So Basically you have to drink a little bit of water frequently, before you get thirsty.

If you’re a moderately healthy adult with access to drinking water and shelter and the opportunity to relax, riding out the hottest temperatures the desert has to offer isn’t that huge of a deal.


What is a Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures,usually in combination with dehydration, which leads to failure of the body’s temperature control system.

The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures.

Associated Symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Sometimes, loss of consciousness or coma.

A Heat stroke has many forms.It can affect older people who live in apartments or homes lacking air conditioning or good airflow.

Other high-risk groups include, people that have chronic diseases, do not drink enough water,or drink excessive amounts of alcohol.

It can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat injury.

Those who are most at risk from extreme heat are people who either can’t get out of the heat, can’t avoid strenuous activity, or have trouble regulating their body temperature.

Thus, the elderly, the homeless, or people who work outdoors are generally considered most at risk.

You can add small children to that list as well, and pets

Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency.

Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. Although heat stroke mainly affects people over age 50, it also takes a toll on healthy young athletes.

The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications


How to prevent a heat stroke
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It’s often predictable and preventable!


How to prevent a heat stroke during hot weather

 

Wear loose fitting, Lightweight clothing: Wearing excess clothing or clothing that fits tightly won’t allow your body to cool properly.

Protect against sunburn: Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself, so protect yourself outdoors with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours or more often if you’re swimming or sweating.

Drink plenty of fluids: Staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature.
Take extra precautions with certain medications. Be on the lookout for heat-related problems if you take medications that can affect your body’s ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat.

Never leave anyone in a parked car: This is a common cause of heat-related deaths in children. When parked in the sun, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees F (more than 6.7 C) in 10 minutes.

It’s not safe to leave a person in a parked car in warm or hot weather, even if the windows are cracked or the car is in shade.How to prevent a heat stroke

When your car is parked, keep it locked to prevent a child from getting inside.

Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day: If you can’t avoid strenuous activity in hot weather, drink fluids and rest frequently in a cool spot.

Try to schedule exercise or physical labor for cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening.
Get acclimated. Limit time spent working or exercising in heat until you’re conditioned to it.

People who are not used to hot weather are especially susceptible to heat-related illness. It can take several weeks for your body to adjust to hot weather.


What can i do to help?

Cooling yourself (or your friend) with wet cloths or a cool shower is the recommended approach, along with drinking cool (but not ice-cold) water as long as queasiness permits.


Conclusion

We cool ourselves off by sweating, and that takes moisture. Staying hydrated is thus your first line of defense against heat injury. Plain water is your best bet. Avoid sugary drinks if possible, and both caffeine and alcohol aggravate dehydration, so either abstain or drink more water to compensate. You’ll be losing salt as you perspire; drinking pure water doesn’t replace the salts you’ll be losing. Eating a couple salty snacks along the way isn’t a bad idea. Sports drinks are actually less helpful in restoring electrolytes than just eating a handful of pretzels or beef jerky or what you have.

When a person with heat exhaustion can no longer sweat, that’s heat stroke!

I have an article on water needs:

It is Life ! – Why do humans need to drink water

<< Click Here>> to read it!

 


Disclaimer

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

It is only informational !


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By Pierre

2 thoughts on “How To Prevent A Heat Stroke? – Sudden Strike!”
    1. You are very welcome Audra!
      It is something that we don’t really see coming.
      I experienced it .. kind of scary.
      You have to take care of it right away…

      Your Comment is really Appreciated. 🙂

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