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Symptoms of heat stroke and heat stroke that tend to be overlooked

Britons are being warned of the health effects of extreme temperatures as heatwaves take hold.

By Friday afternoon, southern parts of the UK will see highs of up to 35 degrees Celsius, higher than parts of the Caribbean. 

A four-day yellow warning for extreme heat from the Met Office, along with warnings of health effects, is in effect for much of England and Wales through Sunday.

This means an increased risk of heat stroke or heat stroke, which is common in heatwaves and very hot climates.

Here's how to recognize the symptoms of these conditions and what to do if someone you know seems to be suffering from them.

What is heatstroke?

Heatstroke occurs when the body loses too much salt and water and feels sick.

Heat stroke can lead to heat stroke if left untreated.

If you get heat stroke, you need first aid.

According to the NHS, symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Anorexia and feeling sick
  • Excessive sweating and pale skin
  • arm, leg or stomach cramps
  • rapid breathing or pulse
  • high temperature above 38°C
  • feeling thirsty

What is heatstroke? What is it?

This is the time when the body becomes overcooled and the body temperature is higher than normal.

Heat stroke is different from solar heat stroke. This is a result of hot weather, not due to overexposure to the sun.

Heat stroke is very dangerous because it puts pressure on the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. It can be life threatening.

The NHS advises that a temperature above 40°C is also a sign of heatstroke.

According to the NHS, symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • No sweating
  • Temperature above 40 degrees and dry skin
  • nausea or vomiting
  • loss of consciousness or seizures or convulsions

The NHS advises all people experiencing symptoms of heat stroke to use ice packs on their skin, drink plenty of water, He recommends cooling down, ideally by lying in a cool place with your feet slightly elevated.

Wait 30 minutes and see if you still feel sick with the above symptoms of possible heat stroke.

This is a medical emergency requiring a 999 call.

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