What is it?

Heatstroke is a condition in which the body cannot cool itself through sweating and becomes overheated. It usually occurs as a result of exercising in hot, humid weather. Initially people first have a heat cramp or heat exhaustion, which are less severe conditions. But when these are not treated and controlled in time, they may lead to heatstroke.

What are the symptoms?

  • Increase in body temperature.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Decreased perspiration.
  • Muscle cramps or weakness.
  • Rapid pulse rate.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Flushed skin or redness.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Confusion.
  • Loss of consciousness.

What to expect?

If you are diagnosed with a heat stroke you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor after the initial treatment:

  • What are effective ways for you to prevent another heatstroke? These may include measures such as keeping yourself hydrated with water or sport drinks, avoiding the sun during the hottest parts of the day and avoiding strenuous exercises during the day.

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