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Heatstroke in Curaçao

If the body is not used to tropical temperatures, it may take some time for the body to get acclimatized. Your body cools itself by sweating, but as soon as you lose more fluids than you take in, it becomes more difficult for your body to regulate its temperature. As a result, the temperature in your body will rise and you’ll get dehydrated, which can lead to heatstroke or sunstroke. The risk of suffering from heatstroke increases when drinking alcohol, using drugs, or exercising. 

How do I recognize a heatstroke?

Here are a few of the most common symptoms of heatstroke:

When your skin becomes pale and you stop sweating, you may be suffering from a heatstroke.

What do I need to do when I or someone I know has a heatstroke?

If you suspect that somebody has a heat- or sunstroke, they must cool down and hydrate by drinking water or lemonade. We advise them to lie down in a cold room. Make sure you keep an eye on the person and if it does not get any better, call a doctor immediately. 

Call an ambulance (912) if somebody is vomiting or has fainted and does not wake up after 2 minutes.

 

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High quality medical care on Curaçao

MedPoint Curaçao was founded in collaboration with Porto Medico. We provide various medical services for tourists and companies. 

Through years of experience on the island, we have built up a large medical network. Quality, availability and accescibility are very important for us. At MedPoint you are in good hands. 

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