Heat Stroke Treatment Questions and Answers
Heat stroke can turn very serious and damaging if left untreated. If you are showing signs or symptoms of heat stroke, visit AFC Urgent Care Greenwood today for treatment. Our doctors and staff offer the experience to help with heat stroke. We are located at 474 Bypass 72 NW Suite B Greenwood, SC.
What causes heat stroke?
Sun stroke or heat stroke can be very dangerous and is usually quite common during the hotter summer months.
Heat stroke happens when your body is overheating, usually as a result of long periods of exposure to extremely high temperatures. Serious heat stroke can be caused as a form of heat injury, heat stroke and can occur in body temperatures to 104 F (40 C) or higher.
Heat stroke can turn very dangerous and requires immediate medical treatment. If someone that has heat stroke goes untreated, it can quickly cause damage to the patient’s heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage can become worse the longer treatment is put off which increases the risk of serious complications or possibly worse.
Heat stroke can be caused by:
- Exposure to a hot environment
- Strenuous activity
- Wearing excess clothing in hot temperatures
- Drinking alcohol during hot temperatures
- Becoming dehydrated by not drinking enough water
How do you treat heat stroke?
If you are going on vacation, or enjoying the sunny heat, make sure to look for the many symptoms of heat stroke which can be:
- High body temperature
- Altered mental state or behavior
- Alteration is sweating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Flushed skin
- Rapid breathing
- Racing heart rate
Follow these precautionary methods to be taken during the hotter months:
- Wear loose fitting clothing, lightweight clothing
- Protect against the sun rays and sunburn by wearing sunscreen and a hat
- Drink plenty of fluids like water
- Relax during the hottest parts of the day
- Be careful if you are at increased risk
- Never leave anyone or any animals in a parked or running car
If you are noticing some symptoms of heat stroke, start to cool your body down quickly by following these helpful tips:
- Get into some shade or indoors away from the heat
This will remove the person from the heat which caused the heat stroke in the first place
- Remove any excess clothing to help cool down
This will help to cool the person down and offer the ability to allow cold air or other cold compress to access their skin faster.
- Cool down with whatever is available
Sitting in a cool tub of water, stand or sit in a cool shower, spray down the injured individual with a garden hose, apply a sponge with cool water to the face and back, fan while misting with cool water, placing ice packs or a cool wet towel on the person’s head, neck, armpits and groin.
- Visit an urgent care like AFC Urgent Care to receive treatment
Many minor heat stroke patients can be easily treated at an urgent care like AFC Urgent Care Greenwood.
- Drink plenty of fluids
Consider drinking water and sports drinks which are the best drinks of choice. Avoid any caffeinated tea, coffee, soda, and alcohol as these fluids can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can cause heat stroke to worsen quickly, always remember to bring bottles of water or electrolyte sports drinks whenever you go out into the hot temperatures or you are staying inside during warmer temperatures.
Should I go to an Urgent Care or Emergency for heat stroke?
If you think you are experiencing signs or symptoms of heat stroke, seek immediate medical attention. Mild symptoms of heat stroke can be treated at an urgent care, while more severe symptoms should be treated at an emergency room like a hospital.
What is the difference between heat stroke and sun stroke?
Heat stroke and sun stroke are considered the same condition, and they are used interchangeably. Heat stroke or sun stroke can happen when the body can no longer handle high heat temperatures. Many people always have warning signs and symptoms before heat stroke, yet sometimes they do not pay attention to those signs and symptoms, which can lead to serious injury or worse.
If you or someone you know is showing signs or symptoms of heat stroke or sun stroke visit an urgent care like AFC Urgent Care Greenwood, SC. We are located at 474 Bypass 72 NW Suite B Greenwood, SC. We serve patients from Greenwood, SC, Grendel Village SC, Wade Heights SC, Woodfields SC, Beechwood SC, and Wisewood, SC.