Facts About Heat Exhaustion Winston Salem NC

Sunstroke is a very dangerous condition which can be fatal or, at best, can cause permanent damage. This happens when the body's thermostat fails to work because of overheating.

Medical Park Hospital
(336) 718-0600
1950 South Hawthorne Road
Winston-Salem, NC
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(336) 716-2011
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Winston-Salem, NC
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(336) 794-3550
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Winston-Salem, NC
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(336) 472-2000
207 Old Lexington Road
Thomasville, NC
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(336) 774-2400
3325 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston Salem, NC
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(336) 718-5000
3333 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC
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(336) 718-6300
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Winston-Salem, NC
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High Point, NC
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(336) 248-5161
250 Hospital Drive
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Facts About Heat Exhaustion

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Know the facts about heat exhaustion

Author: petersonbran

Sunstroke is a very dangerous condition which can be fatal or, at best, can cause permanent damage. This happens when the body's thermostat fails to work because of overheating. This condition is not just one that occurs from exposure to too much sun but can be caused by extreme heat in any environment, including workplace environments such as steelworks. Although this condition is called sunstroke, it is more apt to call it heatstroke as the real cause is not the sun's rays but the intense heat produced by the sun.

Dehydration and salt deficiency can cause heat exhaustion. Take time to acclimatise to high temperatures and make sure you get sufficient liquids. Wear loose clothing and a broad-brimmed hat. Do not do anything too physically demanding.

Getting too much sun or being careless around an outside grill can result in summer burns. For minor first degree burns caused by brief contact with a hot object, water or steam, and sunburn, cool the skin by first holding it under running water, then apply a cold pack to numb the pain. If blistering occurs (second or third degree burns) seek medical help.

Drink plenty of cool water to keep yourself hydrated and reduce your body’s core temperature. (Warm water won’t do this, and cold water might be a shock to sensitive systems.) Drink regularly, every hour, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid soft drinks and alcoholic drinks that are actually diuretic and rob your body of the water it desperately needs.

Heat stroke is generally considered when the body core temperature exceeds 40 deg C, and represents a failure of the body’s temperature regulation mechanisms. The person will have experienced the signs of heat exhaustion and may then show signs of decreased sweating, feeling faint or dizzy, mental irritation (confusion, altered consciousness, irrational behavior), and finally collapse.

For every person that has migraines, the results of one person's symptoms may vary from the next person's symptoms. Therefore not everyone is doing the same thing in the prevention of migraines. And in some cases as in the topic sunglasses and migraines, some people may have less sensitivity to light as may the next person have more of a sensitivity to noise or with the next person sound.

Heat Rash also can appear as large, reddened areas of skin. Babies and children are also more likely to be affected than adults because of their underdeveloped sweat glands, in which case the rash is commonly found in the nappy area and in the skin folds or on the neck. Heat Rash can also occur in cooler climates when sweating is a problem.

The most important step in preventing heat illness is to hydrate before, during, and after physical activity. Dehydration is common in all heat illnesses. Mild dehydration (2%) can decrease athletic performance as well as decrease the body's ability to regulate temperature. Thirst in not a good indicator of dehydration, because it is activated when the body is already 2-3% dehydrated. You should drink 8-12 ounces of fluid before exercise, and every 20 minutes during exercise.

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