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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

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is heat stroke caused by?

Heat Stroke: Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures -- usually in combination with dehydration -- which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system. The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 105 degrees fahrenheit, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures. Call 911 if susp. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of heat stroke?

What are some symptoms of heat stroke?

Symptoms: Throbbing headache
dizziness and light-headedness
lack of sweating despite the heat
red, hot, and dry skin
muscle weakness or cramps
nausea and vomiting
rapid heartbeat
rapid, shallow breathing
confusion, disorientation, or staggering
seizures
loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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What is Heat stroke a risk factor for?

What is Heat stroke a risk factor for?

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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Heat stroke at night time, is it possible?

Heat stroke at night time, is it possible?

Yes. 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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I have heat stroke, how much heat can I take?

I have heat stroke, how much heat can I take?

Heat stroke: If you have heat stroke then you want to avoid heat and strenuous activity in the heat. Also you need to drink plenty of fluids, mostly water. ...Read more

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How do I treat a possible heat stroke at home?

How do I treat a possible heat stroke at home?

YOU DON'T: A true 'heat stroke' is a medical emergency and can be extemely dangerous if not evaluated and treated by medical providers. 'heat exhaustion' is more common and not quite as dangerous, but this is not a diagnosis to make on your own - if you underestimate how bad the situation is, and your body temperature shoots up due to the 'heat stroke', you will basically cook your brain. Literally. ...Read more

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Can you have heat stroke with out a high temp?

Can you have heat stroke with out a high temp?

No: By definition it is altere mental status with high fever and an appropriate exposure. ...Read more

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What can lead to, or is associated with Heat stroke?

The following cause or are associated with Heat stroke:: Heat exhaustion.

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What is the definition or description of: heat stroke?

What is the definition or description of: heat stroke?

Heat stroke: Heat stroke occurs in a hot environment where the individual has become extremely dehydrated. At some point the body starts to conserve water rather than sweat and virtually all natural cooling stops. The body starts to increase body temperatures above 106. It is fatal without intervention. It is a true medical emergency. ...Read more

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What should I do if i constantly suffer from heat stroke?

What should I do if i constantly suffer from heat stroke?

Cool it!: If you have had true heat stroke, then you have developed a probably permanent heat intolerance, meaning that you are more likely to experience heat stroke-like symptoms at progressively lower degrees of overheating. No cure. Avoid high temperatures. ...Read more

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Could it be that i lost consciousness from a heat stroke?

Certainly can happen: Fainting associated with heat stroke is quite common. Ought to discuss your risk factors with your doctor, as this could happen again. Also, make certain you did not have a seizure from another cause. ...Read more

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How to tell if i suffered from a heat stroke? What are the symptoms?

How to tell if i suffered from a heat stroke? What are the symptoms?

Heat Stroke Syncope: In a heat stroke patient, a patient is a victim to tell anything. Usual symptoms are due to extreme high temperature exposure, a sufferer would have probably, a high temperature, dehydration, passing out episode, dizzy. If not attended to, a mortality rate. ...Read more

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Can I still get heat stroke if I stay out of the sun during the summer?

Can I still get heat stroke if I stay out of the sun during the summer?

Yes: Heat related illness caused by extended exposure to elevated ambient temps., not necessarily sun exposure ?
The sun simply speeds up the process. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heat stroke in a child and how long can these last?

What are the symptoms of heat stroke in a child and how long can these last?

Cool down&give fluid: Initial irritability, followed by lethargy and confusion
Initial thirst, followed by unwillingness to drink fluids
Will last untill he/she is better!
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