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Heat stroke is caused by an overheating of the body that is typically the result of either physical exertion performed in high temperatures or prolonged exposure to high temperatures that the body isn’t used to. While heat exposure can present itself in different forms of injury or illness, heat stroke is the most severe form and individuals are at a higher risk when their body’s temperature rises to 104 F (or 40 C) or higher. The condition most often occurs in the summer months or in tropical climates that the body is not acclimatized to.
Heat stroke is more likely to occur as a result of:
The risk of heat stroke in either case can be increased by:
Mild heat stroke symptoms can often be treated at-home, however moderate to severe cases should receive medical attention through an urgent care or emergency room for treatment. The goal of heat stroke treatment is to return the body’s internal temperature back to an average, normal body temperature. Failure to do this quickly after heat stroke sets in can result in damage to the brain or other vital internal organs. Some options for treatment include:
In the case of moderate to severe heat stroke, individuals should take steps to try to lower their body temperature while they wait for medical care, such as some of the methods listed above. Mild cases of heat stroke can be treated through the simple techniques below to bring down the body’s temperature:
If you are suffering from heat stroke and none of these methods are helping, seek medical attention immediately at American Family Care – Urgent Care. We accept walk-ins too.
During exposure to a hot environment, your body’s internal temperature will naturally rise. With heat stroke, the temperature rises to dangerous levels that can negatively affect the body’s natural processes, putting the sufferer at risk of serious internal organ damage that can lead to death if not treated. Some cases of heat stroke have shown people to become confused, agitated, irritated, delirious, have slurred speech and in extreme cases they can have seizures and fall into a coma. People suffering from heat stroke may experience nausea or start vomiting rapid and shallow breathing, a racing heart rate, headaches and red, flushed skin.
Sunstroke and heat stroke are both the result of prolonged exposure to heat that causes an increase in the body’s internal temperature. The symptoms between the two are almost identical and in both conditions the core body temperature increases to at least 104 F (or 40 C), which can cause damage to the brain and vital organs if left untreated. Sunstroke falls under the umbrella of heat stroke and differs only slightly from a heat stroke classification in that it is caused by prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. In cases where there is limited or no exposure to the sun, the condition is classified as heat stroke. If you are experiencing heat stroke, we encourage you to contact our team of healthcare professionals today through our website. American Family Care – Urgent Care is here for you and your family 7 days a week. We serve patients from Clairemont CA, Chula Vista CA, San Diego CA, Santa Ana CA, Anaheim CA, and Long Beach CA.
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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 issues(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.