‘Must be treated quickly' 7 common heatstroke symptoms and how to avoid it

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What are the signs of heatstroke?

Heatstroke is a medical emergency.

Dr Henderson said: “It must be treated quickly before it causes serious damage to your brain, heart, kidneys and other vital organs.”

  • The common symptoms of heatstroke include:
  • A high temperature of over 40C
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Flushed, hot skin
  • Feeling confused
  • Loss of consciousness

Dr Henderson said: “Heatstroke requires hospital admission for assessment and treatment. You may also have to stay in hospital for observation, and recovery time is dependent on the individual and how unwell they were when taken to hospital.”

Can children get heatstroke?

According to Dr Henderson, children are more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses than adults.

She said: “In comparison with adults, they produce more metabolic heat and absorb more heat. They also sweat less and are less well adapted to losing it.

To keep children safe in higher temperatures, try to encourage them to play in shaded areas, and always keep babies under six months old out of direct sunlight.

Dr Henderson said: “Make sure they are wearing light, breathable clothes. Small children may not ask for water, so make sure they’re drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day.”



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