Unfortunately, a bad sunburn isn’t the only thing to worry about this summer. If you’ll be spending long days in the heat this summer, it’s important to make sure you know the signs and symptoms of hyperthermia. This guide should help:
According to WebMD, Hyperthermia s when a person’s body temperature rises and remains above the normal 98.6 degrees. This happens because your body produces or absorbs more heat than it can dissipate.
What are the signs of Hyperthermia?
Typical symptoms of Hyperthermia are similar to that of heat stroke or heat exhaustion and include:
- High body temperature
- Difficulty breathing
- Hot, flushed skin
What is the treatment for Hyperthermia?
If you believe the person is exhibiting signs of heat stroke, call 911 immediately. You should also:
- Take the victim to a cooler place
- Give the victim water or fruit juice
- Encourage the victim to rest and relax in a cool place
How can I prevent Hyperthermia?
First, be sure you know the weather forecast—be aware of how hot the day is going to be before you head out. Before spending extended periods of time in the heat, increase your fluid intake. Avoid vigorous activity during the hottest part of the day—especially if not accustomed to the heat. You should also educate yourself on other preventative measures.
Be safe this summer!