Heatstroke is caused by failure of the body to cool down, when the body temperature increases rapidly. It can be life-threatening, as this can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs. It may be caused by strenuous activity in the heat or by being in a hot place for too long.
Signs & Symptoms
- Body temperature above 103° F
- Hot, red, dry skin
- Rapid pulse
- Rapid breathing
Call Emergency Medical Care
If you suspect heatstroke, call your local emergency number. Move the person out of the heat and let him cool down by whatever means available, by doing the following:
- Cover with cool damp sheets.
- Put the person in cool shower or tub.
- Place cool wet towels or ice packs on the armpits, neck and groin.
- Sponge with cool water.
- Fan air across the person to increase cooling.
- Get the person into an air condition room if possible or out of the sun and into a shaded area.
Let the person drink cool water if he/she is able.
Begin CPR if the person is unconscious and shows no signs of breathing, circulation or movement.