Heat Stroke Treatment Questions and Answers
Heat Stroke can be severe and dangerous and is very common during the hot summer months. Taking precautionary methods to ensure heat stroke doesn’t occur can help. If you do have signs or symptoms of heat stroke, please visit our urgent care today! We are located at 3400 Clemson Blvd Seneca, SC 29678.
When the dog days of summer come around, it is vital to take preventive measures to avoid experiencing heat stroke, no matter how old or young you are! With that being said, if you do happen to come down with heat exhaustion or heat stroke, it is just as important to seek immediate medical care to prevent the condition from progressing to a life-threatening medical emergency. Our doctors at AFC Urgent Care in Seneca, South Carolina, would be pleased to provide you with quick, thorough, and effective treatment for heat-related injuries such as heat stroke!
What causes heat stroke?
Heat stroke occurs as a result of your body overheating. As such, causes of heat stroke typically involve prolonged exposure or strenuous activity in a hot environment. With that in mind, individuals wearing excess clothing, drinking alcohol, or not consuming enough water while spending time outside on a hot day are more likely to experience heat stroke, especially if they are also involved in strenuous activity.
Other risk factors of heat stroke include the following:
- Certain medications, including vasoconstrictors, blood pressure medication, diuretics, antidepressants, or antipsychotics
- Chronic illnesses, such as heart or lung disease
- No access to air conditioning
- Over the age of 65
- Sudden exposure to or increase in hot weather
How do you treat heat stroke?
Treatment for heat stroke ultimately depends on the severity of the patient’s condition. With that being said, treatment for milder forms of heat stroke will involve intravenous (IV) or oral fluids to prevent or treat dehydration, electrolyte replacement, removing the patient to a cold room, and having the patient lie down flat on their back. If symptoms worsen or do not improve within an hour, or if the case of heat stroke is severe, patients are transported to the nearest emergency department where treatment could involve immersion in cold water, ice packs and cooling blankets, evaporation cooling techniques, and medications to stop the patient from shivering.
Should I go to an Urgent Care or Emergency for heat stroke?
For mild cases of heat stroke, also known as heat exhaustion, an urgent care facility can provide excellent care. However, more severe cases of heat stroke are considered a life-threatening medical emergency. As such, you should call 911 or immediately go to your nearest emergency room if you or someone you know are suffering from a severe case of heat stroke.
The critical sign that heat stroke has become severe or life-threatening is when the individual is not producing any sweat, as this indicates that important systems in the body that help balance and regulate body temperature are shutting down or malfunctioning. Other signs and symptoms of a severe case of heat stroke include the following:
- Altered mental state, including agitation, confusion, delirium, irritability, seizures, slurred speech, or unconsciousness
- Core body temperature at or above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celcius)
- Dry, flushed, and hot skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid breathing and heart rate
- Throbbing headache
Symptoms of mild heat stroke, or heat exhaustion, include the following:
- Abdominal or muscle cramps
- Dark-colored urine, which indicates dehydration
- Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
- Excessive sweating
- Pale skin
- Racing heart rate
What is the difference between heat stroke and sun stroke?
There is no qualitative difference between heat stroke and sun stroke, as they both refer to the same condition. Sun stroke is merely an alternative name for heat stroke.
For an appointment or more information about heat stroke treatment at AFC Urgent Care in Seneca, South Carolina, we welcome you to call us or visit our clinic for a walk-in appointment at 13400 Clemson Blvd in Seneca, South Carolina. We serve patients from Clemson, Anderson, Boiling Springs, Duncan, Easley, Greenwood, and Powdersville.