The most dangerous health risk of heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, is that it can come on quickly and you don’t know what’s happening at the time.
Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures — usually in combination with dehydration — which leads to the body’s inability to keep a healthy temperature control system.
The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 104 F.
But, the tricky and sometimes life threatening complications are confusion, disorientation, nausea and sometimes loss consciousness.
Don’t be afraid to call 911! Or, a family member irvftyend and report symptoms of lightheadedness or confusion.
Hest stroke — also known as sunstroke — is serious! It can kill or cause damage to the internal organs and brain.
Heat stroke often happens as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, feeling tired and dehydration. Always drink more water than you think you need and don’t ge afraid to call for help.
A spike in body temperature is the main sign symptom of heat stroke along with an altered mental state or behavior which can include confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma.