Keeping Your Cool: Protecting Yourself from the Dangers of Sunstroke

Warmer weather is just around the corner. Along with the fun of outdoor activities come some dangers, too. Among those dangers is sunstroke, also called heat stroke. To protect you and your loved ones from this hazard, keep these tips in mind this summer.

Early symptoms of heat stroke are dizziness, headache, rapid pulse and breathing, and fatigue. Warning signs that indicate a serious condition of sunstroke are hot, flushed skin, a decrease or stoppage of sweat production, an elevated body temperature, confusion, and eventually, a loss of consciousness. Extreme temperatures can cause the body’s temperature to rise. Dehydration can cause a decrease in sweat evaporation, which is the body’s mechanism for cooling itself. Without this, you have no way of bringing down the high temperature. 

Severe sunstroke can lead to shock and eventually failure of the body’s vital systems, including the heart, lungs, kidney, and brain. Rapid treatment is the key. The sooner the victim receives assistance, the better.

To assist someone showing symptoms of sunstroke, first call for help by dialing 911. While waiting for medical assistance, take steps to cool the body. Move the victim to a cooler place. Remove tight fitting or heavy clothing and use cool, wet cloths to cool the victim down. Give fluids slowly and continually. 

To avoid getting sunstroke in the first place, remember to drink plenty of fluids on warm days or when your activity level is up. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of which can dehydrate you. Wear light colored, loose clothing and always wear a hat in direct sunlight. Try to stay in the shade and take breaks as needed. If you do find that you are experiencing any symptoms of heat stroke, get help immediately.

At 1105 Town Brookhaven in Atlanta, Georgia, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. In order to do so, you must educate yourself regularly with lifestyle-enhancing tips such as these. With this blog post, we seek to improve your way of life through education that promotes self-care.

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