Month: August 2021

How to Recognize Heat Stroke Symptoms

Danger of heat stroke on a hot summer day.

To quote Gertrude Stein, “August is a month when if it is hot weather it is really hot.” It’s also when lots of us are out relishing the last days of summer. Camping. Biking. Running. Hiking. Tennis. Good for you, but if it’s really hot, you risk heat related illnesses like heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Years ago, I learned about heat related illnesses the hard way. I ended up in the emergency tent at a county fair, dizzy and weak. I didn’t know what was wrong. Fortunately, the nurse did. It wasn’t heat stroke…it was heat exhaustion. She cooled me down and sent me home with an ice pack and first hand knowledge of  how to recognize heat stroke and heat exhaustion symptoms. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911. If possible, move the person to a cooler place and try to cool them down with cool water cloths or a bath until help arrives. Don’t give them anything to drink. Heat stroke symptoms may include: High  body temperature Hot, red skin Fast, strong pulse Headache Dizziness Nausea Confusion Fainting Heat exhaustion is a little different. To learn the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion symptoms, see this […]

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