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Doctor insights on: Heat Stroke (Hyperthermia)

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How to treat hyperthermia or heat stroke?

How to treat hyperthermia or heat stroke?

Water and cooling: Best treatment is prevention. Pre-hydrate before heat exposure and continuing to hydrate, wear loose clothing and take breaks. Once heat stroke occurs, IV fluids, which may themselves be cooled are used in addition to external cooling. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Heat Illness (Definition)

Heat illness is a spectrum of disorder due to envoirenmental heat exposure.It can include heat syncope, heat cramps and heat exaustion more severe conditions are heat stroke, inwhich body temp goes over 105 degree f.Or 40.6 degreec due to envorenmental heat exposure and lac of thermo regulation.This is different than fever where there is physiological increase in ...Read more


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Treating Heat Stroke (Checklist)

Get into an air-conditioned area
Once
Take a cool bath or shower
Once
Rehydrate with water or a sports drink
Once
Avoid alcohol
Once
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What is the definition or description of: heat illness?

What is the definition or description of: heat illness?

SPECTRUM OF DISORDER: Heat illness is a spectrum of disorder due to envoirenmental heat exposure.It can include heat syncope, heat cramps and heat exaustion more severe conditions are heat stroke, inwhich body temp goes over 105 degree f.Or 40.6 degreec due to envorenmental heat exposure and lac of thermo regulation.This is different than fever where there is physiological increase in temp of the body. ...Read more

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Which heat illness is life-threatening for fetus?

Which heat illness is life-threatening for fetus?

Hyperthermia noxious: Any type of prolonged maternal hyperthermia (fever, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sauna) is a potential fetal teratogen and should be avoided as much as possible. I would not go as far as life-threatening, but certainly noxious conditions that should be avoided. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Stroke (Checklist)

Work with a rehabilitation professional
3x week
See your rehabilitation doctor
Monthly
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I was treated yesterday for heat illness and dehydration/can I just go home and drink next time?

I was treated yesterday for heat illness and dehydration/can I just go home and drink next time?

No: If you have suffered a heat injury you need to determine if you have heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Lab studies and a physician are required for safety. ...Read more

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Heat illness - what's wrong with body thermostat?

Heat illness - what's wrong with body thermostat?

Depends: All non-heat-stroke issues stem from "local" (usually environmental) conditions causing too much heat in / produced / retained for body's propper fxn. Breathable fabrics, good hydration, exposure limits can all reduce these risks. Heat stroke esentially is failure of body's thermostat--often d/t prolonged issues above, some occur quick w/temp extremes--& can be fatal if not cooled rapidly. ...Read more

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What should I do if my son is suffering from heat illness?

What should I do if my son is suffering from heat illness?

See below: He should be removed from direct sun light. And he should be given a lot of fluids. If he does not recover, then 911 should be called. ...Read more

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How can you prevent the onset of heat illness?

How can you prevent the onset of heat illness?

Avoid over heating: You can prevent heat illness by avoiding over heating and dehydration wear loose fitting clothes which will allow perspiration to evaporate and cool the body wear wide bimmed hats to avoid head from warming avoid strenous exercises in heat avoid closed places withot air cooloing and drink plenty of cold fluids to prevent dehydration block out direct sun or other heat sources bath in cold water. ...Read more

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Crazy coach pushed some players into having heat illness. What are symptoms?

Crazy coach pushed some players into having heat illness. What are symptoms?

Feeling ill,weak: Football coaches from the lombardi school of training have learned to not push athletes into dehydration to "toughen them up" the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke outweigh any training benefit. Nausea, vomiting, hot red dry skin, lack of perspiration, confusion, cramps, fever, tachycardia, all bad signs. ...Read more

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Practicing marching band outdoors - can you start having heat illness symptoms?

Practicing marching band outdoors - can you start having heat illness symptoms?

Yes: Heat related illnesses can occur with any strenuous outdoor activities. The best way to combat heat related illness is to hydrate before and take frequent breaks. Marching band practice, especially in unuform, can lead to heat related illnesses. Take it easy. ...Read more

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Could I have heat stroke indoors?

Could I have heat stroke indoors?

Yes: If the temperature is high enough, and these is poor ventilation, no a/c, no fans, and inadequate hydration then sure it could happen indoors. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Heat stroke?

What are the symptoms of Heat stroke?

Heat Stroke!: Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. If you suspect that someone has heat stroke -- also known as sunstroke -- call an ambulance immediately and give first aid until paramedics arrive. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heat-stroke-symptoms-and-treatment#1 ...Read more

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What are the main causes and risks for heat stroke?

What are the main causes and risks for heat stroke?

Poor heat loss: One is at risk of having a heat stroke if their body can't sufficiently release heat relative to the surrounding temperature. Of 4 ways the body releases heat, 2 shut down once surrounding temperatures exceed body temperature (about 98.6). As a result, body temperature rises markedly and can reach dangerous levels unless prevented or treated. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of heat stroke or exhaustion?

What are the first signs of heat stroke or exhaustion?

Lethargy, headache: Lethargy, confusion, headaches. Facial flushing or turning pale depending on the hydration status. For heat exhaustion, thirst is the very first warning sign which is often ignored. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of heat stroke really quickly?

How do I get rid of heat stroke really quickly?

You cant: True heat stroke patients are too sick to care for themselves. They are frequently comatose or lethargic. Thte best way to cool is evaporative cooling - continuous water spray with big fans. You probably mean heat exhaustion. Water electrolyte cold shower. ...Read more

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What are some common treatments for a heat stroke?

What are some common treatments for a heat stroke?

Requires hospital: Heat stroke is characterized by a high core temperature and the bodies inability to release this heat. The person will be red and dry(unable to perspire). Cooling down the person's core with IV fluid, oral fluids(if still safely able to take by mouth), and cooling the body down, often with cooling blankets is key. If a hospital is not possible , do your best to cool the torso and get fluids in. ...Read more

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Is drinking milk a good way to treat a heat stroke?

Is drinking milk a good way to treat a heat stroke?

NO!: Heat stroke is an emergency condition requiring aggressive medical therapy to lower the body temperature and restore proper hydration. Delay of treatment can have fatal results! ...Read more

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What are some of the non-drug treatments for Heat stroke?

What are some of the non-drug treatments for Heat stroke?

Heat Stroke!: Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. If you suspect that someone has heat stroke -- also known as sunstroke -- call an ambulance immediately and give first aid until paramedics arrive. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heat-stroke-symptoms-and-treatment#1 ...Read more

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Overheating (Definition)

Allowing your body temperature to rise above 101 degrees F during pregnancy may increase the risk of a development abnormality in a developing baby. The risk is greatest during the first trimester. Adults who are not pregnant develop heat emergencies only when their body temperatures rise ...Read more


Dr. Norman Cohen
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Hyperthermia (Definition)

Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees. Temperatures below that would be called hypothermia, and temperatures greater than that hyperthermia. Low grade temperatures are not always a concern, but temperatures greater than 101.5 are usually ...Read more