Heat Stroke Treatment Questions and Answers
If you think you might be suffering from heat stroke due to high heat temperatures and need treatment as soon as possible, walk-in to our AFC Urgent Care in Wichita today! We have the treatment options to help with your heat stroke symptoms. We are located at 3161 N. Rock Road, Suite A Wichita, Kansas, 67226.
What causes heat stroke?
Heat stroke is diagnosed when your body starts to overheat from either the sun or long periods of exposure to high temperatures. Heat stroke has the ability to cause minor or major medical damage to any individual. If left untreated, it can worsen and quickly start to damage your internal organs. If you believe you are starting to see signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, visit AFC Urgent Care Wichita to get treatment immediately.
Heat stroke can be caused or result from:
- Exposure to high-heat temperatures
Heat stroke can be cause from being out in extreme high-heat temperatures which will lead the body’s core temperature to rise to dangerous levels
- Extreme strenuous activity
Heat stroke can be caused by an increase of strenuous activity which results in the body’s core temperature rising to extreme levels
- Excessive amount of clothing being worn
Not allowing your body to naturally secret sweat and evaporate to help cool your body down, can also cause heat stroke
- Drinking alcohol in excessive amounts
Drinking alcohol in excessive amounts especially during warmer temperatures can cause a negative effect on your body, as the limits your body will take will start to decrease and then your body will slowly stop regulating your body’s core temperature which will rise
- Severe dehydration
Not bringing enough clear fluids like water or sports drinks to help replenish the fluids you are losing throughout the day from sweating can cause severe dehydration and lead to heat stroke
How do you treat heat stroke?
Depending on the severity of your body’s signs and symptoms from heat exhaustion or heat stroke will depend if you need an urgent care or emergency room for medical attention. However, if you are able too, do these at home treatments before you leave to help cool your body down faster:
- Relaxing in a cooler place, preferably with air conditioning or in a shady area with a fan directed at you
- Drunk cold clear fluids like water or hydrate with a sports drink
- Wear loose fitting clothing or remove articles of clothing to help your body sweat and evaporate to cool you down
- Enjoy a cool shower or bath, or layer your body with cold towels on your skin to cool yourself down
If you heat stroke symptoms continue, you will need to visit an urgent care or emergency room immediately to be treated. A few things an urgent care or emergency room can offer to help with your heat stroke which differ from home remedies offered above include:
- Immersing you into a cold or ice water bath
- Providing evaporation cooling techniques
- Applying ice packs or cooling blankets to your entire body
- Offer medication to help stop the shivering
What happens to your body during heat stroke?
Many will suffer from a heat-related illness once in their life, this is when the body’s core temperature starts to rise and go into extremely dangerous levels. Heat stroke is considered one of the worst forms of heat illnesses you can encounter. A few of the symptoms you need to be on the lockout for including:
- Poor coordination
- Blurred vision
- Muscle aches
Depending on the circumstances, sweating may not be enough to help reduce your body’s core temperature. If a person’s core temperature rises too quickly, it can start to cause severe internal damage to your organ’s and other issues like your brain. A few issues that may also limit your body’s ability to help regulate heat include old age, youth (ages 0-4), obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn and substance abuse. If heat stroke goes untreated, it will begin to affect your organs and other vital parts of the body.
What is the difference between heat stroke and sun stroke?
Heat stroke and sun stroke are the same condition just used under different names depending where you are from.
If you or someone you know is showing signs or symptoms of heat stroke or sun stroke visit an urgent care like AFC Urgent Care Wichita, KS. We are located at 3161 N. Rock Road, Suite A Wichita, Kansas, 67226. We serve patients from Wichita KS, Haysville KS, Derby KS, Andover KS, Newton KS, El Dorado KS, and Winfield KS.