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Key Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke


Heat stroke is a very serious and potentially dangerous heat injury that requires medical attention immediately. This is the most severe form of heat-related condition that stems from milder illnesses such as heat cramps and heat exhaustion. The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher combined with central nervous system complications resulting from overexposure to high temperatures. If you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun and you’re experiencing any of the 14 symptoms below, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.

1. Incredibly Hot Skin

Incredibly hot, red skin is one of the most popular signs of heat stroke. If your skin is hot to touch and you have an internal body temperature 105 degrees or higher, you will need to see a doctor as soon possible. Why does the skin turn red? According to Prevention, it means the body is trying to cool itself down. If you’re suffering from heat stroke, your skin will become red as your body directs blood flow toward the skin. A simple sunburn will also present this symptom (red, hot skin), but the situation becomes dangerous when your body temperature stays higher than 105.

In addition to experiencing red and hot skin, it might also feel clammy or extremely dry. This will depend more on what type of heat stroke you’re suffering from which we’ll further explain later on in this article.

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