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Dealing with Heat Stroke in Seniors

Jun 27, 2018 by Julie Carnegie Reams

Elder Care with Comfort Keepers in Peoria, IL

Heat stroke occurs when the body temperature goes beyond 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s one of the most dangerous heat-induced injuries as it can leave serious consequences on the brain and other organs. This condition is especially dangerous for the seniors, as a large percentage of them are already suffering from some other health issues, which can only get worse if overheating happens.

Because of all that, it’s important to deal with it as soon as it occurs. But, in order to be able to react in a timely manner, you need to learn how to recognize the symptoms of the heat stroke. Some of those include the absence of sweat, dryness of the skin, nausea, vomiting, breathing problems, confusion, and so on.

If you spot that someone is having a heat stroke, here’s what you need to do:

  • Call 911
  • Help them move away from direct sunlight
  • If possible, assist them to move into a cooled room
  • Provide them water
  • Sprinkle water over their skin

If treated on time, a heat stroke may leave no consequences. Still, the best way to deal with this condition is to prevent it. Some of the things you can do to reduce the heat stroke from happening include the following:

  • Staying indoors during the hottest hours of the day
  • Avoiding direct sun exposure throughout the day
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Avoiding alcohol consumption
  • Eating fruit and vegetable-rich meals
  • Staying away from intense physical activities
  • Wearing large-brim hats and loose clothes when outside

You also need to check whether the medications you or your loved ones are taking can interact with heat. This is something you can find on the labels, but if you’re not completely sure that the medications are safe to take during the hottest months of the year, it’s best to give a call to your physician.

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