In hot weather, a person’s sweat cools his body. In the absence of this natural mechanism, the person’s body temperature would have raised the body’s heat to dangerous levels. This could cause a heat stroke which can be life threatening. One should therefore acquaint oneself with the causes and symptoms as well as the procedure of providing first aid for heat stroke.
Small children, elderly people and people undertaking physical exertion in the sun are most susceptible to heat strokes.
As mentioned earlier, the human body produces a lot of heat and sweating helps the body to cool. But it may so happen that this cooling system fails when the weather is very hot or a person is doing a lot of physical activity in the sun. So the heat within the body keeps on increasing but due to dehydration or lack of water within the body, no sweat is produced. Such a condition may lead to a heat stroke.
Heat stroke could cause a person’s death and administering first aid is vital.
Though the condition of heat stroke is dangerous, it can be prevented easily by taking a few simple precautions.
One should however remember that first aid for heat stroke is only a temporary measure and the condition demands immediate medical attention.