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By: Lauren McRae
Summer brings in high temperatures so it's important to remember that being outside for too long can lead to serious health concerns and risks if you’re not careful. Sometimes it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated and seek shade when you’re enjoying outdoor activities. Learn how to beat the summer heat by learning the signs and symptoms of heat stroke.
Joanna Davidson, MD, Emergency Medicine at NorthShore, shares some of the facts and warning signs for identifying heat illnesses:
As your core body temperature rises in the heat, various symptoms may arise. There is a range of heat illnesses that vary in severity. Early signs of the onset of heat illness include: thirst, excessive sweating, nausea, cramps, headaches, dizziness and fainting
If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to drink plenty of fluids (water is best), seek a cool place (either indoors or in the shade) and rest. It may also help to take a cold shower.
Heat stroke is the most serious heat condition: You will experience elevated core body temperature (typically over 103 Fahrenheit) with organ dysfunction or mental status changes. When not properly treated, heat stroke can be fatal. If you suspect you or someone you know may have heat stroke, immediate medical attention is required. Delaying treatment may lead to brain and organ damage or death.
There are 2 main types:
Prolonged exposure to humidity and the sun can head to heat stroke. When not properly treated, heat stroke can be fatal. If you suspect you or someone you know may have heat stroke, immediate medical attention is required. Delaying treatment may lead to brain and organ damage or death.