Heat stroke: Know the signs
July 25, 2005
Despite the triple-digit temperatures of the last week or so in Carson City, few residents have sought help at Carson-Tahoe Hospital’s emergency room.
To continue the trend, the hospital has some tips for identifying and avoiding heat stroke and avoiding the hospital for the rest of the summer.
Symptoms of heat stroke can develop during a single strenuous activity or over a period of several days depending on age and overall health.
A common indicator of heat stroke is excessive sweating followed by a long period of no sweating at all.
A doctor should be called if you or someone develops any of the following symptoms: agitation, confusion, convulsions, loss of consciousness or muscle aches, fever or nausea.
While you wait for medical attention remove the victim from the heat, elevate the victim’s feet and have the victim drink lots of fluids. You can also spray the person with water and use fans to cool them even more.
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To prevent heat stroke, be prepared anytime you’re headed into the heat by wearing lightweight clothing and drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after.
Heat stroke can cause long-term problems with the heart, kidneys, liver and brain, said Dr. David Tillitt of the hospital’s emergency department
“It’s important for anyone who spends time outdoors to be aware of the signs of heat stroke.”
Carson City’s high temperatures are expected to hover in the mid 90s for the next week with a high today of 91. Lows should be in the mid 50s, said Jon Bonk a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno. Bonk also said there is a slight chance of thunderstorms developing late Thursday afternoon.