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The Symptoms of Heatstroke

The Symptoms of Heatstroke

Heatstroke is a collective term for a variety of different symptoms that develop when our bodies are unable to adjust in a hot, humid environment.
If any of the following symptoms occur, there is a danger that the person may be suffering from heatstroke.

  • Symptom1

    Dizziness or a hot flush

    Dizziness, lightheadedness and developing a hot flush are all possible signs of heatstroke. Temporary disorientation and stomach pain may also be experienced.

  • Symptom2

    Muscle pain and muscle cramps

    Heatstroke may cause the sufferer's muscles to cramp up. People may also experience muscular twitching or spasms, or their muscles may harden.

  • Symptom3

    Listlessness and nausea

    Heatstroke sufferers may feel tired and lacking in energy. This may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and headache.

  • Symptom4

    Abnormal perspiration

    If someone experiences abnormal perspiration (for example, continuing to sweat no matter how much you wipe yourself dry, or not sweating at all), this may indicate that there is a risk of heatstroke.

  • Symptom5

    High body temperature or abnormal skin condition

    Having a high body temperature with skin that is hot to the touch, and having red, dry skin, are symptoms of heatstroke.

  • Symptom6

    Not responding when someone talks to you, and not being able to walk in a straight line

    Someone experiencing heatstroke may fail to reply when addressed by another person, or may give a strange response. If someone is unsteady on their feet, goes into convulsions, or is unable to walk in a straight line, this indicates severe heatstroke, and they should receive medical attention as soon as possible.

  • Symptom7

    Unable or finding it difficult to drink water

    If someone doesn't respond when told to drink, or is unable to hydrate themselves properly without help, this is potentially a very dangerous situation. In such cases, don't try to force water down someone's throat; seek prompt medical attention for them instead.