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Heat stroke is an illness caused by being out in the hot sun or high temperatures too long and by not intaking enough fluid.

Your whole body is involved when you have a heat stroke and it can affect all ages. It seems to really take a toll on elderly persons the worst. So, remember if you know of someone that is elderly, please check on them frequently and be sure they are staying cool and have plenty of liquids to drink.

A heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illnesses.

SYMPTOMS:
Sudden dizziness, weakness, faintness, and headache.
Warm, flushed skin and they DO NOT SWEAT!
High temperature, as high as 106 degrees F. or higher.
Rapid heartbeat.
Muscle cramps.
CAUSES:
Failure of the body’s heat-regulating mechanisms, leading to a heat buildup in the body.
This failure may result from:
General effects of aging.
Alcoholism.
Chronic illnesses.
Diabetes.
Blood-vessel disease.
Risk increase with people over 60, limited fluid intake, recent illness involving loss of fluids
from vomiting or diarrhea, hot, humid weather, or working in a hot environment.
To help prevent heat strokes, wear light colored and loose fitting clothing in hot weather.
Drink plenty of water often, don’t wait till you get thirsty. (If you are on a restricted fluid
intake, check with your doctor, before increasing your fluid intake.)
If you become overheated, increase your ventilation. Open a window or use a fan or air
conditioner. This will help promote sweat evaporation and cool the body down.
If heat strokes aren't treated immediately, you can go into shock and brain damage can result
by prolonged, high body temperatures of 106 degrees or higher.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
If someone has symptoms of a heat stroke, call for help immediately, then cool them off using a cold water bath or with cloths soaked in cold water, or wrap in wet sheets.
If someone is faint but sweating, give them liquids (water, soft drinks, or fruit juice). DO NOT GIVE SALT PILLS!!!!
If you suspect someone is having a heat stroke, this is an EMERGENCY!!!! Get them to the nearest hospital.
This condition is a serious one and can be FATAL!!!