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The red flag sign on skin you could be suffering heatstroke – call 999 now

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If heatstroke isn’t treated, it can put a strain on the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys, and can be life-threatening.

One of the most notable signs of heatstroke, according to the NHS, is hot skin that’s not sweating.

Skin may also look red, but the health body advises this can be harder to see on brown and black skin.

Other symptoms of heatstroke to look out for are:

Still feeling unwell after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place, being cooled and drinking fluids
A very high temperature
A fast heartbeat
Fast breathing or shortness of breath
Confusion and lack of coordination
A seizure or fit
Loss of consciousness.

If you see a person showing signs of heatstroke, call 999. If they lose consciousness while you’re waiting for help, put the person in the recovery position.

Heat exhaustion is less serious than heatstroke, but can turn into the latter if you’re not careful.

Signs of heat exhaustion include:

Tiredness
Dizziness
Headache
Feeling sick or being sick
Excessive sweating and skin becoming pale and clammy or getting a heat rash, but a Change in skin colour can be harder to see on brown and black skin
Cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
Fast breathing or heartbeat
A high temperature
Being very thirsty
Weakness.

If you experience heat exhaustion, you must cool down to prevent heatstroke.

You can do this by moving to a cool place, removing unnecessary clothing (like socks) and drinking a sports or rehydration drink.

Another essential step is to cool the skin with cool water; following these guidelines should mean you feel better within half an hour.

Is heatstroke preventable?

One of the best ways to prevent heatstroke is to prevent heat exhaustion.

You can do this by drinking more cold drinks, wearing light-coloured, loose clothing, and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption.

How to cope in hot weather

According to the NHS, during heatwaves, more people than usual get seriously ill or die.

Those most vulnerable to heatwaves include:

Those aged 75 and older
Those living in a care home
People who have long-term heart or lung conditions
People on multiple medications
People living in top-floor flats.

You can help keep your home cool by closing windows during the day, and opening them at night when the temperature reduces.

Another tip is to have a cool shower to help bring down your own body temperature.

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