Heat exhaustion – Heat stroke

Remember: heat stroke can be fatal in less than one hour!

Temperature control

Your body is tuned to maintain the same constant temperature, 37.0°C. When the body´s temperature is rising above that level, it cools itself down by sweating. The sweat conducts the heat out of the body faster, by evaporating from the body. 

To produce the sweat, the body needs water. When the body´s water supply is getting low the body stops sweating. This increases the body´s temperature, because it is harder for the body to cool down, and increases the risk for heat stroke. Alvogen ORS keeps you from getting dehydrated, and therefore can help prevent complications like heat stroke.

 

1Stay healthy in the heat

  • Wear loose light colored clothing, preferably from natural fabrics such as cotton
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a car in the heat
  • Avoid exercising and physical work during the hottest time
  • Wear a hat or try to stay in the shade
  • Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty

2Treatment for heatstroke

  • COOLING. Find/ make shade, or go to air conditioned area.
  • If conscious, give water or Alvogen ORS to drink
  • Soak or pour cool water over the body
  • Apply ice packs (or anything frozen) to head, neck, armpits and groin area
  • If in doubt, always go to HOSPITAL or DOCTOR.

3At risk groups

  • Young children and the elderly
  • People with chronic illnesses, e.g. heart disease, diabetes
  • Alcoholics and those who use recreational drugs
  • Overweight individuals

4Know the signs

  • Throbbing headache, dizziness, light-headedness
  • Skin dry, red and hot to the touch
  • Muscle weakness, cramps, vomiting, rapid heartbeat
  • Confusion, loss of consciousness, seizures