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Heatstroke is a condition caused by the overheating of your body, usually due to physical exertion or prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Heatstroke is the most severe form of heat injury and can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher. The condition usually occurs in the summer months.
Heatstroke can occur as a result of:
In either type of heatstroke, your condition can be caused by:
Heatstroke, depending on the severity, can be treated at home, or at urgent care, or ER. Always consult with a medical professional with how you are feeling but know that heatstroke is serious and requires attention. Heatstroke treatment focuses on cooling the body to an average temperature to prevent or reduce damage to the brain and other vital organs. To do this, a doctor may take these steps:
Home treatments, normally is enough for heatstroke depending on the severity. However, always consult a health care professional when you suspect yourself or family member having heat stroke. While waiting for health care advise, take necessary steps to cool off.
If you notice any signs of heat-related illness, lower your body temperature to prevent your condition from progressing to heat stroke. In a lesser heat emergency, like heat cramps or heat exhaustion, follow the following steps to lower your body temperature:
Heatstroke requires treatment on an urgent basis. Untreated heatstroke can damage your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles quickly. The more you avoid treatment, the more the damage worsens, thus increasing your risk of serious complications or death. A heat stroke depending on severity is considered a medical or urgent emergency. You should contact American Family Care – Urgent Care, or, if needed, an emergency room immediately if you suspect that you are experiencing a heat stroke, especially if you have become nauseated. American Family Care – Urgent Care and our team of leading healthcare professionals are here to help to treat heatstroke, so you are in good hands with our experienced team. We strongly suggest that anyone suffering from heatstroke contact us or visit us – we are here to help treat heatstroke. If you are experiencing an emergency, then we advise you to call 9/11 right away.
Heatstroke and sunstroke are similar conditions. Sunstroke is a case of heatstroke when you’ve developed it by being in the sun. Sunstroke and heat stroke happen when your body’s internal temperature goes above 40 C or 104 F. If this happens due to sun exposure, it is called a sunstroke; otherwise, it is a heat stroke.
If you have heatstroke or sunstroke and need medical attention, then we encourage you to contact us through our website and book an appointment. We offer high-quality urgent care in our neighborhood. Register with us and let us help get your health in check! We serve the surrounding areas of Anderson, Easley, Clemson, Boiling Springs, Duncan, Greenwood, and Powdersville.
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issue(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.