Summer Sun: Signs of Heatstroke and Steps to Take for Heatstroke Prevention

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While The Sunshine State is known for warmer weather year round, the rising temperatures this time of year means taking additional safety measures to avoid heat-related risks. As we enter the months associated with a higher heat index, it is important to take the steps necessary to avoid harm. Overheating can occur at any time, though excessive temperatures outdoors increase the chances of developing a dangerous condition known as heatstroke. Remaining mindful of the temperature, taking proper precautions, and knowing the warning signs are vital for avoiding dangerous reactions to the heat.

Heatstroke occurs when the body’s ability to regulate its own body temperature is impaired by prolonged exposure to the heat or overexertion in the heat. While anyone can be affected, children and seniors are most at risk. Certain illnesses, medications and health conditions can play a role in one’s likelihood as well. When it comes to safety, we at Aqua Home Care refer trusted caregivers from our registry who ensure their client’s wellbeing at all times. Having a care professional nearby can be beneficial to those in need of daily support while reducing safety concerns. Heatstroke is a serious condition. Knowing the symptoms and taking preventative steps is imperative.

Symptoms of heatstroke include:

  • A rise in body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Confusion, slurred speech, irritability, seizures, or coma
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Skin redness
  • Headache

Remember to:

  • Avoid overexposure to the heat
  • Wear weather appropriate clothing
  • Stay hydrated
  • Remain in the shade as much as possible
  • Ensure the air conditioner is running properly in your home
  • Be aware of medications that can increase your risk
  • Avoid overexertion in the heat
  • Steer clear of sitting in an enclosed area, such as a vehicle, without the air conditioner on

Our Aqua Home Care team continues to help ensure that those in need of in-home care services are matched with compassionate caregivers. Trusted caregivers from our registry effectively meet their client’s needs and monitor their wellbeing not only during the warmest of months, but all year long. If at any time you or a loved one is experiencing signs of a heatstroke, seek medical attention right away. Visiting friends and family should also be informed. Making heat safety a priority can help prevent serious complications. Here at Aqua Home Care, we would like to wish everyone in our community a safe summer.

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