Hyperthermia is a heat related medical condition where the body’s temperature remains above normal for an extended period of time.
Other names for hyperthermia include heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and heat stress. No matter what name you call this medical condition, it can be severe if left untreated.
Causes of Hyperthermia
The most common cause is overexposure to heat by being outside when it is extremely humid and hot with a high heat index. Cases of hyperthermia are quite common during the summer months and will affect people differently.
Symptoms and Signs of Hyperthermia
The most common symptom is elevated body temperatures similar to a fever. Other symptoms can include increased heart rate, throbbing headache, chest pains, difficulty breathing, excessive sweating, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, weakness, muscle cramps, urine which is dark in color and flushed, red skin.
If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms, the most important thing to do is move indoors and out of the heat and direct sunlight immediately.
Drink plenty of water and beverage that contain salt and electrolyte replacement, such as Gatorade or Powerade. Towels that have been run under cold water and wrung out can be applied to the face, head, neck, arms and other areas of the body to help reduce temperature or take a cool shower or bath.
The best prevention measure for hyperthermia is to avoid being outdoors when it is extremely hot, humid and muggy, especially during the middle of the day when it is the hottest.
Schedule chores and activities either in the early morning hours or later in the evening when the sun is not directly overhead. Carry a cooler with ice, water, and other non-caffeinated beverage to keep your body hydrated.
If you must be outside in the middle of the day, work at a slow pace and take breaks at least every half hour. Move indoors or into the shade and drink water and relax for about 10 minutes before returning to work.
You should also wear a hat with a wide brim, wear loose fitting, breathable light colored clothing, wear sunscreen and sunglasses.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.