Orthopedic Concerns

Heatstroke

What is heatstroke?

Heatstroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the body temperature reaches 104 degrees or higher.

 

What causes heatstroke?

Heatstroke is typically caused by strenuous physical exertion in a hot environment. The risk can increase if you are wearing inappropriately warm clothing, not staying hydrated, or drinking alcohol.

 

How is heatstroke diagnosed?

The main signs of heatstroke include a high body temperature (104 or higher), confusion, agitation, nausea and vomiting, alterations in sweating, rapid breathing and heart rate.

 

How is heatstroke treated?

Treating heatstroke involves lowering the body temperature as quickly as possible. This can be done by getting the person into the shade, removing excess clothing, immersing in cold water, misting with cold water and a fan, and hydrating the person.