Beat the Heat This Summer – Know the Signs of Heatstroke

Prevent heatstroke

It’s almost summer – that time of year most closely associated with endless fun in the sun. But that shiny friend in the sky could quickly become your enemy if you’re not careful.

Before you overdo it, take a few steps to stay safe and prevent heatstroke so you can let the good times continue this summer.

How do You Know it’s Heatstroke

If you’re about to saunter out into the hot sun, it’s good to know what you’re up against, especially when it comes to our arid Albuquerque summers.

Some signs and symptoms of heatstroke include:

  • Flushed skin
  • Headache
  • Change in mental state or behavior – Confusion, slurred speech, delirium, seizures or coma can occur
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • A temperature of 104-degrees Fahrenheit or more
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fainting or unconsciousness
  • Dark urine

In children, key signs of heatstroke to look for include fatigue, thirst, dry lips and tongue, and check to see if they feel overheated. And be extra careful about making sure you don’t leave your child in a hot car where children can quickly become overheated, or even worse, die as a result.

Heatstroke requires immediate care, so if you think you or someone you know has heatstroke get to the nearest hospital, especially when a child is experiencing these symptoms.

How to Help Prevent Heatstroke

To avoid getting heatstroke, or if you think you’re starting to overheat, some of the following steps can be taken.

  • Try to avoid traveling during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Make sure you’re wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothes.
  • Take a cool shower or bath to cool off.
  • Get out of the direct sunlight/heat and into air conditioning.
  • Keep a cool washcloth on hand.

And stay hydrated…

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Keeping fluid in your system can be a big help if you’re trying to prevent dehydration and heatstroke.

Be sure you:

  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Drink sports drinks or fruit juice to replace electrolytes.
  • Avoid caffeine or alcoholic drinks, which can make you lose fluids.

Myers’ Cocktail for Hydration

While the Myers’ Cocktail IV therapy is a helpful treatment for people suffering from fatigue, chronic sinusitis, allergies and migraines, it is also fantastic for boosting overall medical wellness – that includes hydration.

If you feel like you are dehydrated, or just want to prevent dehydration, Myers’ Cocktail might be an option for you to explore.

Stay Safe in the Heat and Prevent Heatstroke

The staff here at Duke City Health want you to have an amazing time outdoors. Just make sure you take the right precautionary measures to stay safe.

And if you are interested in continued medical wellness and other preventive therapies, let’s talk.

About Kristi Fury, CFNP

Kristi Fury is a certified family nurse practitioner and bio-identical hormone therapy provider. She chose Family Medicine as her specialty because it allows her to treat the whole person and to develop long-term, caring relationships with her patients.

“I have always had an interest in supporting people on their journey through health.”