Heat stroke is one of those injuries that can set in when you least expect it. As the minutes turn into hours, you may begin to realize that you are overheating. Even so, this may not result in you moving to a cool place for a break.
Heat stroke is common among people who work in a hot environment, such as roofers and construction workers. Some of the symptoms to be aware of include:
— High body temperature. If your temperature reaches 104 F, it’s safe to assume (but not always) that other symptoms of heat stroke will set in.
— Altered mental state. From confusion to slurred speech, this is a common symptom.
— Vomiting and nausea. This is one of the most uncomfortable symptoms of heat stroke, with the possibility to lead to other health concerns, such as dehydration.
— Rapid and shallow breathing.
— Headache, often a throbbing pain in the base of the skull.
If you notice any of these symptoms setting in, you should immediately move to a cool area. The longer you stay in the sun and heat the greater chance there is that the problem will worsen in the near future.
Depending on the severity of your heat stroke, you may require medical assistance. It’s better to be safe than sorry, because left untreated, this can lead to a seizure or even coma.
If you are unable to return to work after suffering heat stroke, you should learn more about your legal rights. You may be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, which can give you the financial help you need during this difficult time.
Source: Mayo Clinic, “Heatstroke,” accessed June 28, 2017