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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Sunstroke (Overview)

Sunstroke, also called heat stroke, is a condition of exhaustion, dry skin, palpitations, fainting, cramping, and even death caused by prolonged exposure to excessive heat.


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Will skin damaged due to sunstroke?

Will  skin damaged due to sunstroke?

Related to skin temp: Sun stroke is the lack of blood supply to the brain to stay alert and conscious in heat. The treatment includes fluids (either oral drinks or intravenous fluids), salt pills or salty foods, and ice to lower the body temperature as well as moving the patient to cooler environment out of the heat. The skin damage would occur if the patient had lain in the sun unconscious after the heat stroke. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
28 doctors shared insights

Sunstroke (Overview)

Sunstroke, also called heat stroke, is a condition of exhaustion, dry skin, palpitations, fainting, cramping, and even death caused by prolonged exposure to excessive heat.


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They hurt, is that a symptom of sunburn, or is it something else like sunstroke?

They hurt, is that a symptom of sunburn, or is it something else like sunstroke?

What hurts?: Not quite sure what is hurting from your question. However, if you are saying your skin hurts and you think you have a sunburn then, yes, this is certainly a symptom of sunburn. Sunstroke is a much more severe, life-threatening condition. In this condition your body has basically lost it's ability to regulate temperature. Convulsions, coma and death can all be an end result of sunstroke. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sunstroke?

What are the symptoms of sunstroke?

Overheating: Sunstroke occurs when you get dehydrated and run out of sweat, so that your body's thermostat can no longer keep your body cool. Your body relies on water evaporation to stay cool. As long as you drink plenty of water while you're outside, you're not going to get sunstroke. If you suddenly stop sweating, it's time to get in the shade and drink lots of fluids! ...Read more

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What are first signs of a sunstroke?

What are first signs of a sunstroke?

Heat stroke: Heat stroke can present with high temperature (104f), inability to sweat, flushing, strange behavior, high heart rate, abnormal breathing, seizures, and even coma or death. It may or may not follow heat exhaustion characterized by nausea, vomiting, malaise, dizziness, cramping. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Hydration and avoiding exertion in hot temperatures may prevent it. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for sunstroke?

What is the treatment for sunstroke?

Shade/hydration: Sunstroke occurs when you get dehydrated and run out of sweat, so that your body's thermostat can no longer keep your body cool. Your body relies on water evaporation to stay cool. As long as you drink plenty of water while you're outside, you're not going to get sunstroke. Treatment is getting into the shade immediately and drinking lots of fluids. ...Read more

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How can I get treatment for sunstroke?

Hospital: If sunstroke occurs, a doctor or medical help should be sought immediately. Blood pressure and body temperature tests will be taken in order to diagnose the condition. Urine and blood samples may also be taken. Depending on the extremity of the condition, a stay in the hospital may be required. Body temperature will need to be lowered as soon as possible. Fluids and salt will need to be replaced, . ...Read more

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Some help on how to prevent sunstroke?

Some help on how to prevent sunstroke?

Limit Exposure: Heat illnesses occurs from one thing. Excess heat! so the hotter it is the more you should limit your exposure. Hydration is crucial. Drink cool fluids (non-alcoholic and caffeine free). Wear wide-brim hats, use a sun-shade or umbrella that gives you some uv protection. Take breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas. And limit strenuous physical activity. ...Read more

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In my city temp is nearly 43ºc . What are the precautions that I should take to avoid getting of sunstroke?

Avoid sun: Stay out of direct sunlight best as able. Hydrate well (about 1 liter/hr and increase towards 1.5l/hr if doing hard work). Sunscreen. Hat w/brim (bring your own shade). Try to do strenuous work/activity outside of the peak heat of day. ...Read more

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What are signs of sunstroke?

Many signs: There are a large variety of symptoms present with the onset of sunstroke. In the early stages, the skin will become both hot and dry. Sweating usually stops, and breathing becomes rapid enough to bring on hyperventilation. The body’s temperature, along with the pulse, will begin to rise rapidly. Other symptoms include muscle cramps and headaches. There may also be some mental or verbal confusion. ...Read more