Heat Stroke on the Appalachian Trail

Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, a life-threatening situation. It is dangerous because the body produces more heat than it can release.

Symptoms

The two most prevalant symptoms are a body temperature reaching 105-106 degrees and changes in mental state. Other symptoms include: a sense of warmth, hot, red and dry skin, difficulty breathing, elevated or lowered blood pressure, confusion, headache, reduced or absent sweating, extremely rapid pulse, dizziness and nausea.

Treatment

Heat exhaustion is a medical emergency. Call 911 or seek medical help if possible. It is imperative that the body temperature lowers immediately. Get out of the sun and immerse the victim in a cold body of water, a stream, lake or pond. Spray cold water on the body or place a cold water compress on the skin and continue to do so until the body temperature returns to normal.

About the Author Steve Burge:
Steve Burge was the original founder of AppalachianTrail.com. He was a teacher for many years before starting a web development firm.
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