How to distinguish sunstroke from a heat stroke?

While you can be hit by a sunstroke due to high sun exposure, the heat stroke can happen even when you are not exposed to the sun. It is enough to be in an overheated room for example.

Sunstroke symptoms:

  • Strong headache
  • Fever
  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden dark in front of your eyes
  • Tingling in ears
  • Fainting

You can help a person who has a sunstroke by moving them to a colder room that is beyond the reach of the sun and put them in the lying position. Than you should pour room temperature water on them. It is also recommended to give them to drink water that has a little salt in it. If the person isn’t getting better, call 911 immediately.

Heat stroke symptoms:

  • Accelerated breathing
  • Accelerated pulse
  • Fever
  • Feeling of weakness
  • Dry skin
  • No sweating
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Uncontrolled thirst

The person who has a heat stroke can be helped by moving them to a colder room, making them comfortable and removing their clothes and if necessary ┬átake a cold shower. If that doesn’t help call 911 or consult your doctor.

In order to avoid situations like this, it is extremely important not to go out during the peak heat hours, but if you must you should take a bottle of water with your self, and dress light including putting a light hat on your head. It is important to eat light, avoid alcohol and coffee and take couple of  lukewarm showers.


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