What Happens During a Heat Stroke

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During summer, the risk of a heat stroke is significantly increased. If you’re planning to be outdoors during the hottest time of the year, it’s important to know the signs of a heat stroke and what exactly happens to your body during one.

What Is A Heat Stroke?

A heat stroke, a form of hyperthermia, occurs when your body temperature rises abnormally high (104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) and is accompanied by other physical symptoms. It’s not uncommon for a heat stroke to be confused for heat cramps or heat exhaustion, two other forms of hyperthermia; however, these are much less severe. You may also hear a heat stroke referred to as a sun stroke. Heat strokes should not be confused with an actual stroke. The term “stroke” is normally used to describe a decreased oxygen flow to the brain.

How Do You Identify A Heat Stroke?

Many people misidentify heat strokes as heart attacks since the symptoms are similar. Symptoms of a heat stroke may occur quickly and without warning. They include high body temperature, flushed skin, increased pulse, trouble breathing, confusion, agitation, seizure and more.

How Can You Prevent A Heat Stroke?

If possible, avoid physical activity in hot weather. If physical activity is unavoidable, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks. Loose, lightweight clothing and hats can help keep you cool. Never leave infants, children or pets unattended in a car that’s not in use as this can lead quickly to a heat stroke or even death.

If you believe you are suffering from a heat stroke, it’s imperative you seek medical attention immediately. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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How To Treat Dehydration

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When your body loses too much fluid, dehydration can occur. This may happen when you stop drinking water or if you lose large amounts of water via diarrhea, vomiting, sweating or exercise.  If you’re not drinking enough, you may also experience muscle cramps and feel faint.

If you’ve just started to become dehydrated, your body may be able to reabsorb fluid from your blood and other body tissues; however, by the time you’ve reached severe dehydration, won’t have enough fluid in your body to get blood to your organs. While this can be a life-threatening condition, it can also be treated before it reaches a serious level.

If you are working outside and become mildly to moderately dehydrated, you should immediately stop your activity and rest. If you’re in direct sunlight, move into the shade and lie down. Try to drink a rehydration drink as soon as possible. It’s important that you rest and take it easy for at least 24 hours after you’ve experienced mild dehydration.

When you’re treating your mild dehydration at home, there are a few symptoms you should watch for. More serious dehydration, decreased alertness, dizziness or lightheadedness and decreased urination are all reasons to seek medical attention.

To avoid dehydration, it’s essential that you drink plenty of water before, during and after you are planning to be active.  Consider bringing a container of water or sports drink any time you will be exerting yourself for one hour or longer, especially outdoors, and try to drink at least once every 15 to 20 minutes.

If you believe you are suffering from moderate to severe dehydration, consider seeking medical attention. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Best Summer Vacation Destinations

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With school out, many families take advantage of the summer to go on that much-needed vacation. Even those without kids will often get away from the heat of summer and travel somewhere cooler. Whether you’re going solo, with friends or with the family, there are a few summer vacation destinations that can’t be beat.

The Beach

This may sound like a no brainer, but there are a variety of beach types that appeal to travelers during the summer. If you’re looking for a great family trip, Ocean City in Maryland may be for you. This summer destination boasts a wide beach, mini golf courses, ice cream shops galore and a fun boardwalk. For a romantic getaway, consider the U.S. Virgin Islands. The islands feature snorkeling excursions, kayaking tours and scenery that can’t be beat.

Ski Retreat

Most people only think to go skiing during the winter, but summer is actually a great time to escape the heat and head for the mountains. Whistler in British Columbia is great for both families and couples. In addition to skiing, Whistler offers a number of summer activities like kayaking, canoeing and even swimming.

City Life

If you’re looking for somewhere to explore, a city like Boston, MA or Portland, OR is a great choice. In Boston, you can take your family to world-class museums and catch a game at Fenway Park. Portland offers a very different experience with plenty of green spaces and the notorious Saturday Market.

Nature Adventure

If you’re an outdoor lover, consider somewhere like Jackson Hole, WY. One of the most loved summer vacation spots, Jackson Hole offers gorgeous mountain scenery and plenty of hiking trails that will keep you from ever getting bored. Many people even set up camp at Grand Teton National Park for a true outdoor experience.

For more summer tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.