What are the symptoms of heat stroke?What are the symptoms of heat stroke?

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lfawley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Heat stroke is a progression from heat exhaustion. It is a type of hypothermia that results from too high a body temperature and produces a number of serious and even life threatening neurological symptoms.

Nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle cramps and aches, and dizziness/disorientation are all symptoms to watch for with heat exhaustion. If the patient/individual experiences these, it is a good idea to take care because they can lead to heat stroke. Consider them the early warning signs.

However, heat stroke can also occur without early warning. Direct symptoms that the body has progressed to heat stroke are elevated body temperature, redness of the skin, elevated rapid pulse, lack of ability to sweat, trouble breathing, and changes in behavior such as hallucinations or disorientation/confusion and agitation. Later signs include seizures and ultimately progression to coma state.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many symptoms of a heat stroke. First of all, body temperature will rise dramatically. People with heat stroke will have a body temperature of 104 degrees and higher. This is the main sign that someone is having a heat stroke. In addition, there may be a lack of sweat. If the heat stroke is brought on by hot weather then the skin will feel dry and hot to the touch. If the heat stroke was brought on by exercise then the skin will be moist. Other symptoms include flushed skin, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, weakness, and muscle cramps. Some people also have neurological symptoms such as loss of consciousness, coma, hallucinations, and seizures.

If you think you are having a heat stroke you should try to cool yourself immediately. It is also important to replenish water and salt levels. If the symptoms have progressed past heat cramps and exhaustion, it is important to see a doctor right away.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Signs and symptoms of heat stroke include a very high body temperature, usually more than 103F, muscle cramps, delirium and confusion, tachycardia, tachypnea-rapid shallow breathing, and hypertension, they may or may not be sweating.

If heat stroke is suspected, get the person out of the sun, put them in shade or a car and turn on the air conditioner, if they are alert-give them cold fluids by mouth. If they are not alert, never give fluids by mouth. Poor cool water over the entire body. Call emergency services if needed.   

Heat stroke can be a life threatening event and as such should not be taken lightly.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Heat stroke is a very serious condition that is like heat exhaustion, but much, much worse.  It is actually life-threatening.

There are quite a few symptoms of this problem.

  • A very high body temperature -- you have to have a temperature of at least 104 in order to have heat stroke.
  • No sweat -- you're really hot, but your body can't compensate by sweating so you keep heating up.
  • Very accelerated heart beat.
  • Cramps
  • Hallucinations, the inability to understand or communicate with others, even coma.

There are other symptoms as well.  Please follow the link.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The main symptoms of heat stroke are nausea and lightheadedness. You need to drink a lot of water and stay cool in a hot day in order to avoid heat stroke, because it can actually be a very dangerous condition if you undergo rigorous activity in the heat.
krishna-agrawala | Student

Heat stroke is health disorder in resulting from exposure to excessive heat, that leads to overheating of body and breakdown of the natural body mechanism for maintaining steady body temperature. A less severe form of this condition is heat exhaustion.

The skin of the person suffering from heat stroke becomes hot, dry and red. The body temperature increases very much above the normal body temperature. If this is not controlled quickly it can cause permanent damage to brain.

Many of the symptoms of milder form of heat stroke, also called heat exhaustion, are similar to that of a person suffering from shock. These symptoms include headache, nausea, and feeling faint.  The skin becomes cold, grey, and wet with perspiration. In more severe cases of heat stroke the body may stop sweating altogether, causing temperature to rises to dangerous levels, and the pulse to becomes full and pounding.  This is soon followed by irregular breathing, and weakening pulse. This may then lead to coma and, if not treated in time, to death.

revolution | Student

Symptoms include increased breathing rate and pulse rate, increased body temperature, hallucination and dizziness, seizures, or even land up in a comatose state. There might be a lack of sweating from the person.

If these signs are spotted, put him in a cool spot and get him to drink lots of water.

lit24 | Student

Following are the symptoms of a person suffering from  a 'heat stroke' which is a medical emergency and if not treated properly can prove to be fatal:

1. The person has a very high body temperature. The normal body temperature is 98.4 degrees Fahrenheit, but a person suffering from a heat stroke will have a temperature of more than 101 degrees  Fahrenheit.

2. Rapid pulse. The normal pulse rate of a person is between 60 to 100 beats per minute, but a person who has suffered a heat stroke will have something like 150 to 200 beats per minute.

3. Weakness. A person whose body temperature is very high will feel very weak and fatigued.

kc4u | Student

Heat Stroke is a life-threatening form of hyperthermia i.e. elevated body temperature with many physical and neurological symptoms. In extreme heat, high humidity, rigorous exertion under the sun & dehydrated condition, the body temperature may rise to 104 degree F or even more.

The following are the symptoms of Heat Stroke:

* nausea

* vomiting

* muscle cramps

* dizziness

* fatigue

* headache

* rapid pulse

* rapid heart rate

* difficulty in breathing

* absence of sweating

* confusion & agitation

Symptomatically, Heat Stroke may resemble heart attack. Like heart attack, Heat Stroke is a medical emergency and may prove fatal unless quickly and properly treated.

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