If you work outdoors during the spring and summer months, there’s always a chance you’ll push yourself too far. Doing so can result in many illnesses and injuries, such as heat stroke.
Heat stroke is a serious illness that can lead to a variety of symptoms, including but not limited to:
- Dry, hot and red skin
- Lack of sweating
- Shallow breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Upset stomach
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle weakness
The primary issue with heat stroke is that it can come on fast, making it difficult to prevent before damage sets in. Here are some of the best ways to treat this ailment:
- Fan air on yourself: If you’re able to wet your skin before doing so, it will have an even bigger impact on cooling you down.
- Apply ice packs: Focus on areas where blood vessels are close to the skin, such as your back, neck and groin.
- Take a cold shower: This isn’t always available, so you may need to improvise. For example, you could use cool water from a garden hose.
While not common, heat stroke that’s left untreated can cause brain damage and damage to other organs. And in the most extreme cases, it can result in death.
When working outdoors, you may have concerns about heat stroke. If you begin to recognize symptoms, don’t wait to receive treatment. Once you receive a diagnosis from your doctor, you can decide what to do next. You may need to take an indefinite leave from your job to recover, which should point you toward filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.