Tips to prevent from 'Heatstroke' this summer
Heat stroke can kill or cause damage to the brain and other internal organs.
Heat stroke often occurs as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), and heat exhaustion. But it can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat injury.
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.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know faces any of these symptoms, take immediate action to prevent complications.
- High temperature but without sweating
- Throbbing headache
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Lack of sweating despite the heat
- Red, hot, and dry skin
- Muscle weakness or cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Behavioural changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
How to prevent a heat stroke?
- Stay covered
Try to stay indoors, and if you need to be outside don’t spend extended amounts of time without shade. Keep your skin covered against the sun.
- Wear light clothes
Wear linen, cotton, silk, or other breathable fabrics. Keep your clothing loose and breezy, so you don't feel suffocated in the humid heat.
- Find shade
Look for a shade, find a tree.
- Stay hydrated
Drinking more water is recommended.