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Learning about Heatstroke
Heatstroke is a general term for a number of symptoms that appear when our bodies are unable to adapt to a hot and humid environment.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have heatstroke.
Dizziness or hot flashes
Dizziness, lightheadedness, and hot flashes are all symptoms of heatstroke and in some cases include temporary loss of consciousness or abdominal pain.
Muscle pain and cramps
Victims may suffer from arm or leg cramps similar to a charley horse. Muscles may also involuntarily twitch into spasms or become hard.
Fatigue and nausea
The victim may feel listless and lacking in energy, accompanied by nausea and vomiting, or a headache.
Unusual sweating or none
Sweating patterns may be unusual. For example, non-stop perspiration or none at all. If this happens, suspect heatstroke.
High temperature, abnormal skin condition
If body temperature is high and skin feels hot to the touch, or if the skin is red and dry, these are heatstroke symptoms, too.
Not responding to calls, not able to walk straight
If the victim does not respond when being spoken to or responds in a strange manner, is having convulsions, or is not able to walk straight, heatstroke is severe. Get medical help immediately.
If the victim can't respond to and unable to hydrate, this is an emergency. Do not try to force the victim to drink. Get medical help immediately.