With the summer entering mid-season, heat and humidity are on the rise and so is the risk for heat stroke. Heat stroke is caused when your body overheats to a temperature 104F or higher from being in an overly hot environment or partaking in strenuous activity in high heat. Heat strokes are emergencies and require immediate attention, so it’s important to reduce the risks as well as be able to recognize the symptoms if you or someone you know may be experiencing one.
Persons over the age of 65 are at a higher risk for heat stroke. When outside in the hot weather, make sure to stay hydrated and dress appropriately. According to Medline Plus, sudden heat exposure, alcohol consumption or wearing excess clothing can increase the risk of heat stroke. When inside, stay in air conditioned rooms and make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Signs of a heat stroke include fatigue, nausea, dehydration, dizziness, fevers, or confusion. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms in high temperatures don’t hesitate to call emergency services immediately.