Heatstroke: Know the Dangers of Summer Heat

Posted on May 20th 2016 by Florida Blue

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Golf, tennis, sunbathing, or even an outdoor event, can mean too much heat and sun for anyone. In Florida’s hotter months people are more likely to experience heat stroke, which can be fatal or cause major health damage. 

Recognize these symptoms and call 911 if you think you or someone you know may be in danger: 

• 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 

• Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation or staggering 

• Seizures 

• Unconsciousness 

While waiting for help to arrive, try these cooling strategies: 

• Fan air over the person while wetting their skin with water. 

• Apply ice packs to armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature. 

• Immerse the person in a shower or tub of cool water, or an ice bath. 

Source: WebMD.com

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