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What Is Hyperthermia And How Is It Treated?

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What is hyperthermia?

Hyperthermia is a condition that occurs in the body whereby the internal heat regulation systems get overwhelmed due to external conditions and cause the temperature inside the body to rise above normal. All internal overheating is not considered hyperthermia, some internal heating can be caused by infections, heat-regulation problems, or reactions from drugs or overdose.

The normal human temperature is between 95.9°F to 99.5°F or 35.5°C to 37.5°C by day. With hyperthermia, the body temperature rises to more than 38°C or 100.4°F.

What are the first signs of hyperthermia?

Internal body heat symptoms

We will look at some hyperthermia symptoms, but first, you have to know that the symptoms of hyperthermia depend on the level or stage it reached and most times how overheated the body is. Remember that this can occur very fast within hours or days.

The body cools through sweating which involved putting out a mix of water and electrolytes or salts which could result in dehydration in the body.

Some of the symptoms of mild dehydration are muscle cramps and headaches.

Some severe dehydration symptoms are life-threatening conditions like organ failure and death, or very bad high body temperature, this is because severe dehydration limits the body’s natural ability to cool down.

Types of hyperthermia

  • Heat fatigue and cramps: Some of the causes are too much sweat, exhaustion, muscle cramps, pain and spasm, headache, and nausea.
  • Heat exhaustion: Can lead to stroke if untreated and some of the symptoms are either cold, pale, or wet skin, too much sweating, weak pulse, diarrhoea and vomiting, headache, weakness and exhaustion, thirst, dizziness, dark urine and less urinating, swelling in the feet, fingers or ankles, loss of consciousness and fainting.
  • Heatstroke: This can lead to severe complications if left untreated in children and the elderly. Some of the symptoms are very strong or very weak pulse, less sweating, dry, wet, hot or red skin, deep breathing, confusion, headache, nausea, dizzy, and fainting. Other severe heat stroke symptoms are failure of the organ, seizure and in some cases death.
  • Heat oedema: The swelling of the feet and ankles due to retention of fluid in the body.
  • Heat rash: Red bumps begin to appear on the skin and skin becomes irritated and itchy.
  • Heat syncope: This is caused by sudden dizziness in hot weather due to the body been overheated and requires hydration, rest or staying away from the hot environment.

What can cause hyperthermia?

Some of the things that cause hyperthermia are:

  • Overexertion
  • Longer time in hot conditions
  • Medication
  • Medical conditions
  • Exercising too hard on hot temperature

What is hypothermia?

Hypothermia is a condition that causes the body to drop dangerously below body temperature. The normal human temperature is between 95.9°F to 99.5°F or 35.5°C to 37.5°C by day. With hypothermia, the body temperature drops below 95.9°F to 82.9°F

What are hypothermia and hyperthermia?

Below is a diagram that differentiates hypothermia and hyperthermia or shows you the complications between hypothermia and hyperthermia.

What is hypothermia and hyperthermia
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How does hyperthermia kill you?

If the body temperature rises above normal more than 38°C or 100.4°F this can result in many dangerous life-threatening conditions which can lead to death if not treated. These hyperthermia conditions can rise withing hours or days leading to several conditions mentioned above.

Hyperthermia treatment

To treat mild hyperthermia, these are some things you can do to treat hyperthermia:

  • Drinking electrolyte drink
  • Drinking cold water
  • Relaxation
  • Cool bath or shower
  • Place a cold towel on the forehead
  • One minute of running cold water on the wrist
  • Avoid exercises while the symptom is still present
  • Go under a fan to help cool you down
  • Ice packs underarms or groin

Tablets to reduce body heat

Electrolyte replacement solutions: this can be bought over the counter (OTC) Here
Temp Tabs: this can be bought over the counter (OTC) Here
CeraSport: this can be bought over the counter (OTC) Here

Hyperthermia treatment at home

This treatment has been around for decades to treat constant hyperthermia or constant rises in body temperature. It involves the use of plants based medication or ingredients to treat hyperthermia at home.

  • The plant is called Cassia Alata
  • Sulfur, this can be found if you use firewood to cook, in the middle of the burnt aches, the red soil you find when you dig in. This is regarded as pure or original sulfur.
Cassia Alata
Cassia Alata

Remember that hyperthermia is caused when an external condition, factors or bacteria has tempered with the body’s central nervous system (CNS), affecting a small region in the brain known as hypothalamus resulting in raised body temperature.

How to use these ingredients to treat hyperthermia

  • Get two handfull of Casia Alata (Gwjuava)
  • Get a half glass of sulfur (red soil)

Add these ingredients in a pot and boil them together. Once the water has boiled, get a sieve and filter the plant and sand (sulfur) out completely. The liquid is hyperthermia medicine. Once you have filtered the liquid, store it in any clean container of your choice.

How to consume the liquid

Drink half glass of the liquid in the morning before or after a meal. Then at night, take half a glass of the liquid before bed.

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Hyperthermia can affect anyone due to raised body temperature either caused by hot temperatures, medications, overdose or infections. Before engaging in any treatment, consult your doctor in the case of severe high temperature to determine the cause. Remember, not all high temperature is considered hyperthermia.


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