Heat Stroke (cont.)
Heat Stroke Prevention
Heat strokes can be prevented; simple precautions can be very effective. Such precautions include:
- Wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing
- Stay well hydrated; drink Gatorade or similar sports drinks – if you have infrequent urination or the urine is concentrated, you need more fluid intake (avoid alcohol)
- Avoid hot sunlit areas and do not sit in a parked car (a common cause of heat stroke in children)
- Avoid strenuous activity in the warmest part of the day
- Some medications (diuretics, stimulants, sedatives, for example) can increase the risk of heat stroke; check with your pharmacist or doctor to see if you have increased risk because of your medications.
- If you feel muscle cramps or feel weak, immediately stop the activity and cool down.
- Acclimatize if you are traveling or moving to a hot climate by limiting outdoor activities for a few days or more if you have increased risk factors for heat-related illness.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/26/2015
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