How is heat stroke treated?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
The following are first aid treatment guidelines for heat stroke:
  • Call for medical help.
  • Remove person from heat whenever possible.
  • Remove victim's clothing and place him or her in a cool bath up to the chin (if possible), or apply cool compresses to neck, armpits and groin.
  • If victim becomes unresponsive and stops breathing, start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Medical attention is always required.
  • Do not ignore symptoms. If untreated, heat-related illnesses get worse.
  • Do not wait to start cooling the victim.
  • Do not force fluids.
  • Do not give victim aspirin or any other medication to lower temperature.
  • Do not give victim any stimulant, including alcohol and cigarettes.
  • Do not apply ice directly to skin.
  • Do not allow victim to become so cold that he or she shivers.
  • Do not leave victim alone.
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