Heat Stroke Treatment Questions and Answers
Heat Stroke can be serious and dangerous, if you are experiencing mild signs and symptoms of heat stroke, visit AFC Urgent Care Duncan today. Our experienced staff is available to help with heat stroke treatments. We are located at 1667 E Main St Duncan, SC 29334. No appointment is necessary. Walk-In or Call us.
Heat stroke is very dangerous and is usually common during the summer months. Some precautionary methods that should be taken during the hotter temperatures include:
- Wear loose fitting clothing, lightweight clothing
- Protect against the sun rays and sunburn by wearing sunscreen and a hat
- Drink plenty of fluids like water
- Relax during the hottest parts of the day
- Be careful if you are at increased risk
- Never leave anyone or any animals in a parked or running car
These heatstroke precautionary tips can help save your life or someone else’s from injury or worse.
What causes heat stroke?
Heatstroke occurs when your body is overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to extremely high temperatures. Very serious heatstroke can be caused from a form of heat injury, heatstroke and can occur in body temperatures to 104 F (40 C) or higher. This condition is seen most common during the summer months.
Heatstroke is very dangerous and requires emergency treatment. If someone with heatstroke goes untreated, it can quickly turn to damage their heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage can worsen the longer treatment is put off which increases the risk of serious complications or even death.
The many symptoms of heatstroke that everyone should look for include:
- High body temperature
- Altered mental state or behavior
- Alteration is sweating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Flushed skin
- Rapid breathing
- Racing heart rate
Heatstroke can be caused by:
- Exposure to a hot environment
- Strenuous activity
- Wearing excess clothing in hot temperatures
- Drinking alcohol during hot temperatures
- Becoming dehydrated by not drinking enough water
How do you treat heat stroke?
In minor cases of heat stroke, you can do the following to help cool down:
- Get into some shade or indoors away from the heat
- Remove any excess clothing to help cool down
- Cool down with whatever is available – cool water in a tub, cool shower, spray with a garden hose, sponge with cool water, fan while misting with cool water, placing ice packs or a cool wet towel on the person’s head, neck, armpits and groin.
- Visit an urgent care like AFC Urgent Care to receive treatment
Also remember to drink plenty of fluids, especially on hot days. Consider drinking water and sports drinks which are the best drinks of choice. Avoid any caffeinated tea, coffee, soda, and alcohol as these fluids can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can cause heat stroke to worsen quickly, always remember to bring bottles of water or electrolyte sports drinks whenever you go out into the hot temperatures or you are staying inside during warmer temperatures.
If the signs or symptoms continue to worsen, visit an emergency clinic immediately. If treatment for heatstroke goes untreated, it can worsen and cause severe damage.
Should I go to an Urgent Care or Emergency for heat stroke?
If you or you think someone else may be experiencing heatstroke, seek immediate medical attention. Take immediate action to cool the overheated person while waiting for treatment.
What is the difference between heat stroke and sun stroke?
The two terms heat stroke and sun stroke refer to the same condition, they are interchangeable. Heatstroke or sun stroke happens when the body can no longer handle a high temperature. Many people always have warning signs and symptoms before heatstroke, yet sometimes they do not pay attention to those signs and symptoms, which can lead to serious injury.
If you or someone you know is showing signs or symptoms of heat stroke or sun stroke visit an urgent care like AFC Urgent Care Duncan. We are available for walk-in treatment from Monday to Friday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Saturday to Sunday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. We are located at 1667 E Main St Duncan, SC 29334. We serve patients from Duncan SC, Lyman SC, Wellford SC, Startex SC, Greer SC, Spartanburg SC, and Brookhaven SC.