Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
Its warning signs vary but may include:
Any of these signs mean you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call 911 for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim rapidly using whatever methods you can. For example:
Sometimes a victim’s muscles twitch uncontrollably as a result of heat stroke. If this happens, keep the victim from injuring himself, but do not place any object in the mouth and do not give fluids. If there is vomiting, make sure the airway remains open by turning the victim on his or her side.
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