Heat exhaustion and heatstroke during the trip
High temperatures in summer and staying in the sun for too long can lead to sunstroke or heat exhaustion.
The first symptoms of heat exhaustion are:
In these cases, you are advised to:
Immediately get out of the sun.
Cool down using a fan or air conditioning, or by bathing in cool water.
Drink plenty to rehydrate.
In some cases, the body may not be able to regulate its own temperature, and it may develop into heatstroke, which is the more serious form of heat exhaustion.
Heatstroke can have fatal consequences, which means you must urgently seek medical assistance.
Stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day (between noon and 4pm).
If you plan to exercise (running or walking, for example), do it first thing in the morning or late in the evening. Temperatures are gentler and it is easier to find shade.
Wear suitable clothing to protect the skin: loose, light clothing in light colours.
Cover your head with a hat, use sunglasses with UVA and UVB ray protection.
Stay well hydrated and avoid the consumption of alcoholic drinks.
Apply sun protection.
When should I go to the emergency room?
- If you develop a fever (especially over 38 degrees).
- In the case of intense headache, confusion or chills, which may be due to heatstroke.
- If you have extensive burns with blisters.
- If there are signs of infection, such as a white-ish coloured discharge, the presence of white spots on the burnt area, significant reddening or a bad odour.
- If there is no improvement within 48-72 hours.
- If there are signs of dehydration: thirst, headache, fatigue, dizziness, reduced quantity of urine.