- Heat stroke is the the most severe form of heat injury. It’s a physical reaction that happens when your body overheats, and is usually due to prolonged exposure to heat or physical exertion in high temperatures. If your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher, you could be at risk of heat stroke and could require emergency treatment. According to an ER doctor, watch out for the warning signs
- nausea and profuse sweating could all indicate heat stroke. Left untreated, it could be fatal. Tips to avoid heat stroke:
- Limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day.
- Avoid direct sun exposure.
- Drink before you feel thirsty — and drink fluids that contain electrolytes if you are sweating.
- Shed layers and wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, and a hat.
- Stay in air conditioned environments when possible. Don’t have AC?
- Head to a library, grocery store or shopping mall.
- If you live in L.A., Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, call 2-1-1 from any phone for a list of cooling center options;
- Call nearby cooling centers in advance to ensure there’s space available.
- Be especially cautious of exposure if you are taking blood pressure, allergy or psychiatric medication — high temperatures can affect your ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat.
- Check in on the elderly to ensure they are safe during heat waves.
- If you think you or someone you know is experiencing heat stroke, seek immediate medical help by calling 911.