Heat Stroke

Today was a tremendously warm day. Working outside, I arguably recognize when temperatures are more scalding than usual, and today was definitely one of the hottest days we have had of summer thus far.

I was cultivating the fields today, meaning I had a lot of time to think. Sitting in the sun and slowly crisping up, I began to ponder if it was possible to develop heat stroke after working outside all day in such high temperatures. I did not develop heat stroke, not to worry, but I figured it would be beneficial to compose a post about heat stroke in order to educate individuals about it and how to prevent it from occurring.

Heat stroke is the result of excessive exposure to high temperatures which can ultimately cause the body’s temperature regulation system to fail. It typically impacts persons over the age of fifty, though young adults are also susceptible to the condition.

Heat stroke is medically defined as having an internal body temperature that exceeds 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Without medical treatment, heat stroke has the ability to damage the central nervous system, and furthermore cause brain damage.

Symptoms of heat stroke typically include nausea, vomiting, confusion, disorientation, head ache, muscle weakness/cramping, failure to perspire in hot weather conditions, or even unconsciousness.

Heat stroke is no joke, and it is essential to prevent it from occurring when temperatures are excessively high, as they were today. If you know ahead of time that you will be spending an extended duration of time outdoors in the heat, have water with you, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and try to wear loose fitting clothing that permits airflow across your body. If possible, refrain from being in the heat.

If summer continues to be this hot, please take the extra steps and precaution to prevent heat stroke from happening to you. It simply isn’t worth it.

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