8 Signs You’re About to Die of Heat Stroke
Apr 16, 2016   •   8List
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Apr 16, 2016   •   8List
The record temperature highs this week have left a lot of us flocking to the malls to enjoy the free aircon, but dealing with this sweltering summer sun is unavoidable. We do, after all, have to go live our lives and not let this heat ruin our season.
While you’re out braving this weather with your game face on, here are a few signs for heatstroke that you should watch out for.
If you spend most of the day sitting down, are on the heavy side or have a chronic illness, your tendency towards heatstroke is higher than everyone else’s.
Quick fix: Take a cold shower to quickly lower your temperature and relieve some of the stress on your head. If a shower isn’t an option, especially in the middle of a school or work day, bring around a spritzer of water and wet wipes to keep your temperature down. That, or hang out with a fan directed at you.
We’re talking 104 F (40 C) or higher here. If your temperature is hitting these numbers or is climbing close to it, chances are you’re already suffering heatstroke.
Get your body temp down as quickly as possible by applying ice packs to the warmest parts of your body: your head, neck, armpits and groin. Also, give yourself time to acclimate if you’re going from somewhere cold to warm—don’t leave a frigid air-conditioned room to the sweltering heat of noontime.
This is common sense. Heat equals profuse, almost obscene amounts of sweat. The thing to note here is that if you’re suffering heatstroke brought on by hellish weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch, whereas heatstroke brought on by exercise will leave your skin feeling moist.
Physical activity may be unavoidable, especially during the summer months, so replenish all the fluids you’re losing from your body’s built-in cooling system and rehydrate.
Fun fact: you also lose salt through your sweat, so splurge a little on the sports drinks. As much as possible, stay away from alcoholic drinks and anything sugary; these interfere with your ability to control your temperature.
If you suddenly feel the need to heave despite not ingesting anything that may have made you sick, you might be suffering from heatstroke.
If you can help it, stay away from certain medications (like diuretics, antidepressants, ADHD meds and vasoconstrictors) as these affect the way your body deals with your rising temperature.
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