ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What are the Symptoms of Heat Stroke?

Updated on February 6, 2013
Learn to Recognize the Symptoms of a Heat Stroke.
Learn to Recognize the Symptoms of a Heat Stroke. | Source

By Joan Whetzel

Heat stroke is a serious, life-threatening condition in which a person’s body temperature rises to 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher as the body’s natural cooling system shuts down. The condition requires immediate medical attention.

Heat Exhaustion and the Symptoms of a Heat Stroke

Some people feel the symptoms of heat exhaustion before their symptoms progress to the point of a heat stroke. The symptoms of heat exhaustion are:

· Nausea

· Vomiting

· Fatigue

· Weakness

· Headache

· muscle cramps, and

· dizziness

If suffering heat exhaustion symptoms, take them as a warning before the condition progresses to that of a heat stroke. Heat stroke symptoms have been known to imitate those of a heart attack, and can include one or more of the following:

· Body temperature 1050F or higher,

· Sweating ceases,

· Skin becomes hot red or dry and flushed ,

· Pulse is rapid,

· Blood pressure rises too high or has dropped too low,

· Breathing becomes labored or rapid and shallow,

· The person starts behaving strangely,

· Hallucinations occur,

· Confusion or disorientation develops,

· The person becomes agitated or irritable,

· Headaches, fainting or seizures occur,

· The person lapses into a coma.

Heat Stroke Treatment

Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention to prevent permanent brain and organ damage. Call 911 anytime the signs of a heat stroke appear. While waiting for help, try these steps.

  1. Cool the body temperature quickly by moving the person into the shade or into an air conditioned building. Remove clothing. Apply cool water to the skin and use a fan to blow cooler air across their skin or run a garden hose to help them get wet. Place ice packs at the person’s groin or under their arm pits. In serious cases, immersion into a cool bath can help bring down the temperature rapidly.
  2. Give the person plenty of fluids to drink, as long as he or she is conscious and responsive. Water is the best choice, but other fluids will work well also. Avoid caffeinated drinks or beverages containing alcohol, which act as diuretics.
  3. monitor the temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and mental state frequently.

Heat Stroke Prevention

Prevention is the best cure for heat stroke. It involves anything you can do to stay cool and well hydrated. Prevention advice includes avoiding strenuous activities on hot, sunny, humid days; drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding caffeinated or alcoholic beverages; replacing electrolytes lost due to heavy sweating; taking breaks to rehydrate and to rest in a cool or shady spot; and wearing loose and lightweight clothing.

Resources Heat Stroke.

Mayo Clinic. Heat Stroke: First Aid.

Cunha, John P., DO, FACOEP. eMedicine Health. Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.

WebMD. Heat Stroke: Symptoms and Treatment.

Heat Stroke

Summer Safety - Heat Stroke


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Livingtwentyfirst profile image

      Betty Tobiko 

      5 years ago from Mombasa.

      was very useful to me.thanks


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)