Friday, 17th August 2018
HEALTH & WELL BEING Article
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SUNSTROKE

SUNSTROKE

Sunstroke is a serious condition and should not be taken lightly

Sunstroke or heatstroke is a serious condition and should not be taken lightly, it happens if the body is exposed to hot temperatures for prolonged periods of time, causing body temperature to rise to 40+C. You cannot always work out that you have it on your own, and it can be fatal. If you suspect someone has sunstroke seeking immediate medical help.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

PREVENTION


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HELPING SOMEONE WITH SUNSTROKE

Avoid medications. Don’t give the person anything by mouth if he is vomiting or unconscious. Anything that enters the person’s mouth could become a choking hazard.

Cool the person down. Remove all clothing and get the person into a cool bath, shower, stream, or pond if possible. Help the person
remove any extra clothing (hat, shoes, socks) to aid in the cooling process. Do not rub the person’s body with alcohol Replenish fluids and electrolytes. Have the person sip salty water to counteract both dehydration and the loss of salts through sweating.

Help the person stay calm. When the patient stays calm, minimize their agitation by having them breathe deeply. Massage the person's muscles gently.

Lay the person down. One of the most prominent effects of sunstroke is fainting. Protect against fainting by laying the person down. If the person does faint, turn him onto his left side with his right leg bent for stabilization.



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