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Heat Stroke

When travelling abroad to sunnier climes it’s easy to pitch up at a sun lounger and refuse to move all day, but remember that too much sun isn’t healthy for a few reasons. Heat stroke is caused when your body temperature is elevated dramatically and struggles to regulate itself through sweating. This is often a combination of not only high temperatures but also dehydration which is why people on holiday may be more susceptible to it because quite often you will be in a hot climate and drinking more alcohol than you would at home. Children under 4 and elderly adults are particular vulnerable to heat stroke, so make sure you are checking that your kids are taking time away from playing to drink enough.

Symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Red, hot, dry skin
  • Cramps and muscle weakness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Lack of sweating, even though the person is very hot
  • Headaches

If you or another individual experience a combination of any of these symptoms you should seek medical attention, heat stroke can be fatal if not treated correctly.

Ways to avoid heat stroke:

Drink plenty of cool fluids, this means alternating your alcoholic holiday cocktails with plenty of soft drinks. Alcohol dehydrates the body which increases the risk of suffering from heat stroke. Wear loose fitting, light coloured clothing and try to stay in the shade especially during the hottest time of the day between 11am-3pm or better yet nip off to a cool hotel for a siesta during the highest temperatures.

In very hot temperatures the body can lose electrolytes through sweat so drinking sports drinks or coconut water will help to replenish these.

Stay safe and enjoy the sun responsibly.

 

 

 

Date: 18/06/2018
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