How to avoid a heat stroke?


  • A heat wave corresponds to strong heat, day and night, for at least three days.
  • Regardless of age or health, heat is always a source of fatigue.
  • The elderly, the sick and children are especially vulnerable in high temperatures.

The thermometer should exceed 40°C this week in various regions of France. “Therefore, this very hot episode should evolve into a heat wavewarns Météo France. These weather conditions put the body to the test and require protection. When temperatures are this high, there is a significant risk of heat stroke or sunstroke.

Is it heat stroke or sunstroke?

Heat stroke is a consequence of prolonged exposure to heat : increases body temperature. This causes fever, flushing of the face, headaches, intense thirst, vomiting. Some people may have problems with conscience, warns the Red Cross. “It mainly threatens children, who are less resistant to high temperatures, but it can also affect adults.add association.

The symptoms of heat stroke can be similar: fever, headache, thirst, cramps, but sunburn, torticollis and eye problems can also appear. Heat stroke is the result of prolonged exposure to Sun. Like heat stroke, it can have serious consequences: both conditions can progress to coma, heart rhythm disturbances, bleeding complications, etc.

How to avoid heat-related illnesses?

It is possible to limit the risks by taking some precautions during very hot days. first you have to drink Watereven if you’re not thirsty. It is recommended to drink between 1.5 and 2 liters of water a day. “do not consumealcohol : this decreases the ability to fight against heat and promotes dehydration, emphasizes thehealth insurance. Also avoid drinks with a high content of caffeine (coffee, tea, cola) or very sweet (soft drinks), as they increase the secretion of urine.It is also possible to consume more products rich in water, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, cold soups, compotes and dairy products.

At the same time, it is important to limit physical exertion as much as possible. If you have no choice, it is better to do it in the coolest hours of the day, before 11 in the morning and after 10 at night. The ideal is to stay cool, in a heated place or, failing that, maintain a pleasant temperature inside. “Close the blinds (and/or the curtains) of the windows exposed to the sun, recommend thehealth insurance. Whenever the outside temperature is higher than the temperature registered in your home, also keep all the windows closed.“As long as the outside air is not fresh, the openings must be kept closed. If you have problems at bedtime sleep, a cool but not cold shower can help you fall asleep. Above all, you will have to be patient: temperatures should not drop before July 18.

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