Early signs of heatstroke and when to go to hospital as the UK awaits the hottest day of the year

As you soak up the sun during the heatwave this week, here are some tips on how to protect yourself in the heat and some key early signs of heatstroke to look out for

Woman suffering from heat stroke
Heatstroke can have serious long-term effects on your health, so it’s important to recognize the early signs

The country is currently in the midst of a heatwave, with temperatures set to rise above 30 degrees in some areas this week and Friday is forecast to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Hot weather is a rare occurrence in the UK so many will be getting outside to make the most of it while they can.

But while you’re outside enjoying the sun, it’s important to remember the dangers that overheating can pose.

This weather can quickly lead to heat stroke. Heatstroke is when the body can no longer control its own temperature and is the most serious heat-related illness.

If left untreated, it can be life-threatening, damaging your brain or other vital organs.

Here are the early signs of heatstroke to look out for, how to prevent it, and when to go to the hospital.

Early signs of heat stroke

Some of the early signs of heat stroke are headaches and dizziness


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Heat stroke begins as heat exhaustion. This isn’t usually serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes, but if you don’t catch the early signs, you could develop heat stroke.

Signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • dizziness and confusion
  • Heavy sweating
  • Cramps in arms, legs and stomach
  • Rapid breathing and pulse
  • A high temperature
  • Feeling sick
  • very thirsty

How to prevent heat stroke

While it’s okay to enjoy a few drinks in the sun, you should avoid over-drinking to prevent heat stroke


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When the weather is hot, there are several simple things you can do to keep heat stroke at bay, including:

  • Drink plenty of cold beverages
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • To take a cold shower
  • Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Avoid excessive amounts of exercise

When you start noticing the signs of heat exhaustion, it’s important that you take steps to prevent them from turning into heat exhaustion within 30 minutes.

Someone with heat exhaustion should follow these four steps:

  1. Go to a cool place
  2. Lie down and slightly raise your feet
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Cool the skin down with things like a damp sponge, cold packs, or a fan

When to go to the hospital

If you cannot cool down after 30 minutes, you should urgently seek treatment in a hospital


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If you or the person suffering from heat exhaustion has not cooled down after 30 minutes, you may have suffered from heat stroke.

Those with heat stroke need to go to the hospital to get treatment. The NHS advises you to call 999 if you or someone you know has the following symptoms of heat stroke:

  • I still feel uncomfortable after trying to cool down for 30 minutes
  • Don’t sweat
  • Be confused
  • Have a high temperature of 40ºC or higher
  • Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
  • A fit
  • loss of consciousness
  • unresponsiveness

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