Heat Stroke

Temperatures rise and we should take precautions

Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. In fact it can

produce serious problems and in extreme cases it may cause dead.

Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures — usually in combination with

dehydration — which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system.

Our body keeps a body temperature between 36-38 degrees Celsius. When temperature rise above the

mentioned degrees, the brain sends a reward to the muscles to slow down which cause tiredness, the

chemical procedures start to be affected. Circulation to skin stops to make easier sudoration and

cooling. The internal body cells deteriorate and the risk of multiogran failure appear.

The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 105 degrees Fahrenheit,

with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures.

Other common symptoms include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of

consciousness or coma.

In such cases, professional care is needed.

Tricks to prevent heat stoke

  • Protect of heat
  • Avoid outgoings and activities that requires important physical effort during the heat of the day.
  • Drink plenty of fluid.
  • Wear damp clothes which will help lower the body’s temperature.
  • Stick hands, armpits, groin, neck and back in cold water.
  • Place fans close to windows to allow circulation of air.
  • Hang damp cloths to lower the temperature
  • Take lukewarm showers
  • Fan your face and other body´s part.

Interesting facts.

In addition to the above mentioned tricks, some interesting facts can help us to avoid heat stoke.

Eat curry, this food stimulates sudoration wich will result in heat loss through evaporation. As much as

we sweat as cold as we feel.

Lukewarm shower.

Standing under a freezing shower might sound tempting, but the most advisable is to take a lukewarm

to avoid dramatic change of body temperature.

Heat Stroke, symptoms and treatment.

If you suspect that someone has heat stroke call for medical help inmediatly and give frist aid until

paramedics arrive

In spite of heat stroke mainly affects population over 50, also can affect toddler and athletics people.


Throbbing headache

Dizziness and light-headedness

Lack of sweating despite the heat

Red, hot, and dry skin

Muscle weakness or cramps

Nausea and vomiting

Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak

Rapid, shallow breathing

Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering



First aid

Fan air over the patient while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge.

Apply ice packs to the patient's armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood

vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature.

Immerse the patient in a shower or tub of cool water, or an ice bath.

From Clinica la Siesta we offer you these bits of advice to avoid more common problems

accompanying the summer and we remind you that in case of any related emergency you can

find us in Calle Rossini 1, Urbanizacion La Siesta, Torrevieja 03184 either by phone 966 784 195

or in our webpage www.clinicalasiesta.com