Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs when your body temperature climbs to 104 F (40 C) or more, and it requires immediate medical attention. Heat stroke most commonly occurs when someone participates in extended amounts of physical activity in an excessively warm environment. Some of the common symptoms included nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate or breathing, headache, delirium, and loss of consciousness. If left untreated, heat stroke can cause damage to the brain, heart, and other organs, or even be fatal. If you notice someone suffering from these symptoms, it is important to take quick actions to lower their body temperature.
The first step you should take to treat someone suffering from heat stroke is to reduce external temperatures. This means taking them to an air-conditioned indoor location. If no air conditioning is available, try to make them as comfortable as possible. Move into a shaded, cool area, and use fans to create a cool breeze. This is a good time to make the person as comfortable as possible, encouraging them to lie down on a soft surface to prevent injuries caused by falls or seizures. The most important goal here is to get the person out of the sun and heat as quickly as possible.
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