Heatstroke: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Heatstroke is a severe heat-related illness that requires immediate medical attention. It occurs when the body’s temperature regulation fails, resulting in a dangerously high body temperature. Heatstroke can be life-threatening if not treated promptly..

As temperatures climb, the risk of heat-related illnesses such as heatstroke increases, particularly affecting vulnerable groups like athletes, outdoor workers, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions.

Symptoms of Heatstroke

Recognizing the symptoms of heatstroke is crucial for prompt intervention:

  • High body temperature: Above 40°C/104°F.
  • Altered mental state: Confusion, agitation, hallucinations.
  • Hot, dry skin: Lack of sweating despite the heat.
  • Rapid heartbeat: Pulse may be strong or weak.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Often accompanied by headache.
  • Seizures: In severe cases.

Treatment of Heatstroke

If you suspect someone has heatstroke, take immediate action:

  • Call emergency services: Heatstroke is a medical emergency.
  • Move to a cooler place: Shade or air-conditioned area.
  • Cool the person: Use cool water or ice packs on the skin.
  • Fan the person: Increase air circulation around them.
  • Monitor breathing: Perform CPR if necessary until help arrives.

Prevention of Heatstroke

Preventing heatstroke involves proactive measures to stay cool and hydrated:

  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Limit outdoor activities: Especially during the hottest hours.
  • Wear suitable clothing: Lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
  • Take breaks: Rest in shaded or cool areas during outdoor activities.
  • Know your limits: Avoid strenuous activities in extreme heat.
  • Check on others: Especially those at higher risk, such as the elderly and young children.

At IGAKU, we prioritize your health and safety, especially during periods of high heat. Book a consultation today to receive personalized guidance and support for preventing heatstroke and staying safe in Singapore’s warm climate.

Ready to learn more about preventing heatstroke and protecting your well-being? Book a consultation with IGAKU today. Our experts can provide comprehensive insights and tailored recommendations to help you enjoy the outdoors safely and maintain optimal health in hot weather.

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