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