What Happens to Your Body During a Heat Stroke?
High temperatures can wreak havoc on your body. According to Mayo Clinic, in hot weather, your body cools itself mainly by sweating. The evaporation of your sweat regulates your body temperature. However, when you exercise strenuously or otherwise overexert in hot, humid weather, your body is less able to cool itself efficiently.
Early signs of a heat stroke include, heavy breathing, fatigue, thirst, and muscle cramping. If these signs occur, find a cool and shady place immediately and drink a lot of fluids like water and Gatorade.
Besides hot weather and strenuous activity, other causes of heat exhaustion include:
Dehydration, which reduces your body's ability to sweat and maintain a normal temperature
Alcohol use, which can affect your body's ability to regulate your temperature
Overdressing, particularly in clothes that don't allow sweat to evaporate easily
Ways to prevent heat strokes include:
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.
Protect against sunburn.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Take extra precautions with certain medications.
Never leave anyone in a parked car.
Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day.
When it is severely hot outside, make sure you are taking care of yourself and loved ones to prevent heat stroke from occurring.
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