Heatstroke symptoms: What is anhidrosis, a strange warning sign that indicates danger?
HEATSTROKE SYMPTOMS: Now that the weather is officially warm enough for summer, many people will be heading outside to soak in the rays. Heat-related health problems can occur even in moderate temperatures, and because most people are not accustomed to extreme heat, the risk of heatstroke rises.
Heatstroke is a type of hyperthermia that occurs when the body’s temperature rises to dangerously high levels. The situation is a medical emergency that could be lethal if not treated quickly and correctly.
The brain and other internal organs can be killed or damaged by heatstroke.
Heat stroke primarily affects persons over the age of 50, although it can also affect healthy young people.
Anhidrosis, or a lack of sweat, is a sign that you may be suffering from heatstroke and should not be overlooked.
Anhidrosis is a condition in which the sweat glands fail to eliminate heat and cool the body as they should.
An overheated body can be hazardous to one’s health, even life-threatening.
Experts warn that if you or someone you know isn’t sweating much despite the heat, it could be a sign of heatstroke.
Signs of heatstroke, according to WebMD, include:
According to Medicine Net, the body creates heat as a function of metabolism and is usually able to dissipate it by heat radiation through the skin or sweat evaporation.
“However, under intense heat, high humidity, or vigorous physical effort under the sun, the body may not be able to release the heat properly, and the body temperature rises, occasionally to 106 F (41.1 C) or higher,” the health site noted.
“Dehydration is another cause of heatstroke.
“A dehydrated person may be unable to sweat quickly enough to disperse heat, resulting in a rise in body temperature.”
The NHS recommends the following four steps if someone develops heat exhaustion or heatstroke:
Place them in a cool location.
Encourage them to lie down with their feet slightly up.
Encourage them to drink a lot of water. It’s fine to drink sports or rehydration beverages.
Cool their skin by spraying or sponging it with cool water, fanning it, or applying cold packs to their armpits or neck.
Call 999 if you have quick breathing, confusion, loss of consciousness, or no answer, advises the national health organization.