Avoid Heatstroke

Whether at work or play, you should always keep a bottle of water close at hand during warm weather. Water will help your body sweat and maintain a normal temperature, which is important for avoiding heatstroke.

“Heatstroke occurs when your body temperature reaches 104 degrees or more,” says Kennett D. Asher, DO, CMD, family practice physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “When your body overheats, the first symptom is heat cramps. If you start to experience nausea and lightheadedness and feel like you might pass out, you need to seek emergency care.”

Asher_KennethIn the emergency department, the doctor’s main goal is to cool your body. He or she may do this by packing you in ice and a special cooling blanket, bathing you in cold water or misting cool water on your face.

Left untreated, heatstroke can damage your brain, heart and kidneys and even cause death.

For more information, call 573-331-3996.

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