Heatstroke
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Heatstroke is a medical emergency that occurs in hot, humid conditions, if the core body temperature rises to 41 ° C. The person initially becomes irritable and confused and may have seizures. Other early symptoms include weakness, headache, nausea and vomiting, and muscular pain. The pulse is rapid and the skin hot, red and dry, even under the armpits. If the condition is not promptly treated, the person becomes unconscious and might die. Young children left in a hot car are particularly at risk.

 

What to do

Heatstroke can be dangerous, so it’s important that immediate first aid and medical treatment are given.

While waiting for transport to hospital, move the person to a cooler area. Cover the person with cool, wet sheets and apply an ice-pack to the forehead. If the person is able to drink, give them water or a sports drink. Hospitalisation is always necessary as temperature could increase again after cooling.

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