During the heat of summer, there are many fun outdoor activities to take part in—but with an increased risk of experiencing a heatstroke, being safe is paramount to enjoying the warm weather.

Heatstroke occurs when the body is no longer unable to regulate its own temperature, leading to severe overheating that can lead to brain damage or death. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut offers some insight.

How Do I Know if Someone Is Experiencing Heatstroke?

The most important thing to note about heatstroke is that it is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical treatment, so if someone nearby is experiencing one, you should get help for them right away.

Heatstroke is more severe than heat exhaustion, and while the two conditions share symptoms, the symptoms of heatstroke are far more serious. If someone is experiencing even one of these symptoms, it is best to seek immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of Heatstroke

  • Severe headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Hot skin with no sweat
  • Seizures

How Can I Help Someone Who Is Experiencing Heatstroke?

If you suspect someone is experiencing heatstroke, you should immediately get them medical attention by calling 911 and explaining the situation.

While you wait for help to arrive, you can do a few things to lessen the severity of symptoms.

What to Do for Heatstroke

  • Get the person in an air-conditioned area or at least to a shady spot.
  • Douse the person with cool water to lower their body temperature.
  • If the person is awake and alert, giving fluids is OK, but never provide fluids to someone who is losing consciousness.

If you are suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, seek emergency medical care. For non-emergency medical needs AFC Urgent Care Farragut is here to help.