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Hi er drs :) what are good places to ice in order to prevent/cure minor heat stroke? how's top of head, forehead, back of head, neck, armpits? others?

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Dr. Lisa Roazen
Emergency Medicine 19 years experience
Central areas.: Superficial application of ice to areas of the body where large blood vessels are most superficial yields the greatest cooling. Groin and armpits are the two biggest; neck (sides) is next. Ice applied to the head, back of neck, or forehead often FEEL best to people even if the cooling effect isn't as great. Careful not to cause frostbite! Stay well hydrated and limit exertion.
Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatric Critical Care 32 years experience
Heat stroke : Ice is not recommended for heat stroke. The putative mechanism is that the vasoconstriction it induces may delay heat loss. Luke warm water is recommended to the entire body with more emphasis in the groin and Scilla where the deep blood vessels can help with heat dissipation

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