What is Heatstroke? And What Can You Do About it?

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Heatstroke is the most severe form of dehydration, and occurs when your internal temperature rises to dangerously high levels. Your skin gets hot, but you stop sweating. Someone with heatstroke may pass out, have hallucinations, or suffer seizures.

  • Skin flushed, dry and hot to the touch.
  • Altered mental state.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Racing heart rate.
  • Headache.
  • Seizures.

Did You Know?
Bananas are the way to go. They’re easy to pack and eat on the run – and the potassium in there helps to replenish the electrolytes we lose through sweating. Munching on raisins, blueberries or an apple can also help you stay energized in the heat.

If you see someone with heatstroke symptoms, have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you:

  • Get the person indoors or to a shady area.
  • Cool the person rapidly, using whatever means you can.
  • Apply wet sheets or towels and fan the person vigorously.
  • Do not give someone suffering from heatstroke any fluids to drink.

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