What is it?
Heatstroke happens when your body gets too hot. It is more common in summer due to the hot and humid weather. It is the most harmful heat-related illness. If left untreated, heatstroke can damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles.
Anyone can get heatstroke but older people, children and people who work or live mostly outdoors are at a higher risk. People who are pregnant or breastfeeding, are overweight or obese, or have a medical condition are also at a higher risk of getting heatstroke.
Symptoms of heatstroke include:
- Nausea and dizziness
- Headache and muscle cramps
- Hot, dry, red skin
- In severe cases, there can be confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness