Heatstroke is when your body loses it's ability to keep itself cool, and the body's tempetrature rises to over 40C.
You're at risk of dehydrating and developing heatstroke if you're exerting yourself in the hot weather for long periods of time. Like playing sport, working, or even just not taking in enough water to replace what you're loosing in sweat. Humid days make it even harder to lose heat
Other things that contribute to heatstroke are wearing too many clothes, becoming dehydrated (not replacing water lost through sweat), or drinking alcohol (alcohol dehydrates your body too).
Early Syptoms of Heatstroke or Heat Exhaustion are
Later symptoms of Heatstroke are
Preventing and Minimising Risk of Heat Stroke
Prevention of heat stroke is the best treatment for Heat Stroke, you can reduce your risk by doing a few simple things;
If you or someone around you is developing heat stroke, you need to start cooling them down qucikly. Water is very effective at absorbing heat from just about anything. Including people. Lying wet towels on the person, sponging people with cool water, cool showers, spraying people with water, are all good ways to start cooling people who are over heating. Cold packs, bag of frozen veges, or ice in a towel can all be used.
Some other easy steps you can take to start the cooling process are
If people's condition gets worse or they are showing late symptoms of Heat Stroke it's time to get medical help. Heat Stroke can be fatal if untreated.
At Risk People