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What Are The Signs Heatstroke?

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

Summer has sarted and it’s going to be hot.

Heatstroke, or heat exhaustion, is a real risk especially here in the UK where we aren’t used to the heat.

Read on to learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and what to do if you or someone you know has it.


  • Headache.

  • Dizziness.

  • Loss of appetite & feeling sick.

  • Cramps in the arms, legs & stomach.

  • Fast breathing or pulse.

  • High temperature of 38c or above.

  • Very thirsty.

  • Sleepy (children).

If someone is showing signs of heat exhaustion it is important they are cooled down immediatelty.

Steps to deal with heat exhaustion:

  1. Move to a cool location out of the sun. Inside is not always cooler.

  2. Lie down and elevate the feet.

  3. Hydrate. Water is best but a sports or rehydration drink is also good.

  4. Cool down the skin. Use a fan, water spray, cold compress or ice packs around the armpits or neck.

A person should start to feel better as they cool down within about 30 minutes.

When to call 111:

  • If symptoms haven’t eased after 30 minutes despite the above steps.

  • If a person is not sweating.

  • High temperature of 40c or over.

  • If a person is experiencing confusion.

When to call 999:

  • If a person is breathing fast or has shortness of breath.

  • If a person has a seizure.

  • If a person looses consciousness.

  • If a person is non responsive.

Quick action is needed in all cases of heat exhaustion.

So if in doubt take the above steps and call!

Victoria xx


Prevention is always better than the cure - take steps to prevent heat exhaustion as suggested in our blog about exercising in a heatwave.


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