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When the dog days of summer come around, it is vital to take preventive measures to avoid experiencing heat stroke, no matter how old or young you are! With that being said, if you do happen to come down with heat exhaustion or heat stroke, it is just as important to seek immediate medical care to prevent the condition from progressing to a life-threatening medical emergency. Our doctors at AFC Urgent Care in Seneca, South Carolina, would be pleased to provide you with quick, thorough, and effective treatment for heat-related injuries such as heat stroke!
Heat stroke occurs as a result of your body overheating. As such, causes of heat stroke typically involve prolonged exposure or strenuous activity in a hot environment. With that in mind, individuals wearing excess clothing, drinking alcohol, or not consuming enough water while spending time outside on a hot day are more likely to experience heat stroke, especially if they are also involved in strenuous activity.
Other risk factors of heat stroke include the following:
Treatment for heat stroke ultimately depends on the severity of the patient’s condition. With that being said, treatment for milder forms of heat stroke will involve intravenous (IV) or oral fluids to prevent or treat dehydration, electrolyte replacement, removing the patient to a cold room, and having the patient lie down flat on their back. If symptoms worsen or do not improve within an hour, or if the case of heat stroke is severe, patients are transported to the nearest emergency department where treatment could involve immersion in cold water, ice packs and cooling blankets, evaporation cooling techniques, and medications to stop the patient from shivering.
For mild cases of heat stroke, also known as heat exhaustion, an urgent care facility can provide excellent care. However, more severe cases of heat stroke are considered a life-threatening medical emergency. As such, you should call 911 or immediately go to your nearest emergency room if you or someone you know are suffering from a severe case of heat stroke.
The critical sign that heat stroke has become severe or life-threatening is when the individual is not producing any sweat, as this indicates that important systems in the body that help balance and regulate body temperature are shutting down or malfunctioning. Other signs and symptoms of a severe case of heat stroke include the following:
Symptoms of mild heat stroke, or heat exhaustion, include the following:
There is no qualitative difference between heat stroke and sun stroke, as they both refer to the same condition. Sun stroke is merely an alternative name for heat stroke.
For an appointment or more information about heat stroke treatment at AFC Urgent Care in Seneca, South Carolina, we welcome you to call us or visit our clinic for a walk-in appointment at 13400 Clemson Blvd in Seneca, South Carolina. We serve patients from Clemson, Anderson, Boiling Springs, Duncan, Easley, 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 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.