Heat stroke occurs when the body is no longer able to regulate its own temperature. People suffering from heat stroke are unable to cool themselves by sweating. Once this happens, the body’s temperature can rise in excess of 106 degrees within 10-15 minutes. If not treated properly heat stroke can result in death or permanent disability.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
- Extremely high body temperature
- No sweating. Skin will be clammy, red, hot, and dry
- Extreme Headaches
- Rapid Pulse
Treatment of Heat Stroke
When some experiences a heat stroke it is important to act quickly. First, call for emergency medical assistance and then begin cooling the victim. Cool the victim by moving them to a shaded or air-conditioned area. Then directly cool them using whatever methods you have immediately available. Methods including submerging in a tub of cool water (never place in a tub of ice), spray them with cool water from a shower or hose, place cool towels or blankets on the victim, and fan them. Do not give them anything to drink.