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Heatstroke


Heatstroke:  Heatstroke occurs when the body temperature is elevated dramatically. Heatstroke is a medical emergency and can be fatal if not promptly and properly treated. Cooling the victim is a critical step in the treatment of heatstroke.

The most important measures to prevent heatstrokes are to avoid becoming dehydrated and to avoid vigorous physical activities in hot and humid weather. 

The groups at greatest risk for heatstroke are infants, the elderly, people with kidney, heart or circulation problems, people with diabetes who use insulin, athletes and outdoor workers.

Medical Emergency:  Suspected heatstroke should always be treated as a medical emergency that can be fatal if not promptly and properly treated.  While waiting for the ambulance to arrive you should:
  •     immediately move the person to a cool area
  •     increase ventilation by opening windows or using a fan
  •     give water to drink (if the person is conscious), but don't give them medication, such as aspirin or paracetamol
  •     shower their skin with cool, but not cold, water (15-18°C); alternatively, cover their body with cool, damp towels or sheets, or immerse them in cool water (not cold)


 


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

 


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