Los Cabos is becoming a hot Mexican beach resort destination for visitors. Not just due to popularity, the temperatures are slowly on the rise!
As the temperatures start to warm up, visitors not accustomed to the hot and humid weather can experience health-related issues. The important thing is to realize when the time is to get help.
Beware of Heat Stroke
State authorities recently issued an advisory regarding heat strokes.
Tourists in Los Cabos look forward to plenty of fun in the sun at the Mexican beach resort destination. But how does a visitor know when enough is enough?
Heat stroke is when the body temperature goes above 103 degrees Fahrenheit, or 39.4 degrees Celsius. At this temperature, the body is not able to sweat enough to cool itself. When this occurs, the body can spike to 106 degrees or more in as little as ten to 15 minutes.
At this point, immediate emergency care is needed, or permanent disability or even death can occur.
Know The Signs
Some signs of heat stroke are easily confused with simply being too hot. These symptoms are profuse sweating, high body temperatures, and hot or dry skin.
Tourists should be aware of the more important signs of heat stroke, such as slurred speech or confusion. In extreme situations, seizures and loss of consciousness can occur.
If any of these symptoms are present, be sure to get first responder assistance immediately by calling 911 for emergency care or by flagging down emergency personnel in places like Los Cabos beaches.
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Apply First Aid
While waiting for emergency response, there are some proactive steps Los Cabos visitors can take to assist a potential heat stroke victim.
Move the tourist to a shady location and try to remove some layers of clothing to allow the person to cool down. Apply wet towels to the skin to allow the body to cool down. Try soaking the clothing in cool water.
Try to circulate the air around the tourist by using portable fans or other means of air movement.
Be careful providing liquids to the victim. They may not be able to handle them. If the tourist can drink some fluids, it should be sips instead of gulps and not overly cold.
No matter what, do not leave the person unattended until Los Cabos emergency personnel arrive on the scene to assist.
The symptoms of heat stroke can actually last up to a week. Therefore, the victim should avoid any extended exposure to the sun for at least that long. Follow-up medical care with a family doctor or primary care physician is recommended for tourists that experience heat stroke.
How To Avoid Heat Stroke
The easiest way to avoid heat stroke is to avoid extended exposure to the sun. Tourists should realize that the sun in Los Cabos is stronger than in most places because of its proximity to the equator.
Visitors should try to keep the air circulating around them, allowing the body’s natural cooling system to take effect.
They should also try to spray themselves with water, take a dip in the pool or take a swim in the ocean to cool off.
Most importantly, it is important to remain hydrated. Despite what many Los Cabos visitors practice, this does not mean alcohol. Drink plenty of water and sports drinks with electrolytes to allow the body to sweat and keep itself cool.
Heat stroke can occur in a very short time when out in the sun. Visitors should have a buddy system in place to monitor for the early symptoms of too much sun and get assistance when needed.
When in doubt if it is heat stroke or not, it is always better to err on the side of caution.
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