With Labor Day fast approaching, it’s tempting to soak up as much sun as possible before the summer is over. But too much sun can be dangerous. Even with sunscreen and other measures to protect against sunburn, you and your family could still be at risk. Sunstroke is a serious, sometimes life-threatening, condition brought on by overexposure to the sun. Even in the shade or indoors, you could be at risk for heat stroke when the temperature rises.
Here’s what you need to know about sunstroke and heat stroke to better recognize and treat it…
1. What Is Sunstroke?
Sunstroke is heat stroke caused by excessive exposure to the sun. Heat stroke is a potentially deadly condition in which the body’s core temperature rises to 40-degrees Celsius (104-Farenheit) or more because it can no longer cool itself effectively.
The biggest risk factor for sunstroke is prolonged exposure to the sun, particularly during full-sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and in high temperatures. Even indoors, temperatures above 90-Celcius, especially when combined with high relative humidity (over 40-percent), can lead to heat stroke.