When skin feels hot to the touch, it means the body’s temperature is hotter than normal. Sometimes a person’s skin feels hot to the touch due to illness. This can also be caused by an environmental situation that increases body temperature. It’s... Read More
When skin feels hot to the touch, it means the body’s temperature is hotter
than normal. Sometimes a person’s skin feels hot to the touch due to illness.
This can also be caused by an environmental situation that increases body temperature.
It’s important to determine if the person has an increased body temperature
caused by a fever. If a fever is present, it may be treated with fluids and
over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as acetominophen or
ibuprofen. Aspirin shouldn’t be used to treat fever in anyone 17 years or
younger. None of these drugs should be used to treat environmental heat
Another cause can be dehydration. The very young, very old, and obese people
are especially vulnerable to dehydration. It’s important to make sure they’re
taking in enough fluids during the day. They should also be protected from
extremely hot environmental temperatures. Heat exhaustion is an emergency
condition that can result from extreme dehydration and salt depletion.
During exercise, it’s recommended to drink 8 ounces of fluid every twenty
minutes. If a person becomes overheated due to the environment or exercise, keep
them in a cool, shaded place. Apply cool wet cloths to their skin. Placing cool
compresses on the groin, neck, and armpit helps lower the body temperature.
Provide cool fluids as frequently as the person can tolerate.
Sports drinks replace fluids, as well as electrolytes, which can be
important in combating dehydration. Water, popsicles, and ice chips also work well.
The important thing is to try to keep the person hydrated with fluids any way
to call 911
Call 911 if:
- the person loses
- the person is confused,
lethargic, or delirious
- the person is disoriented or
has a seizure
- the person is breathing
rapidly or has a rapid pulse
- the person’s condition deteriorates
- the person is nauseous or
to call your doctor
Call a doctor if:
- the person is vomiting and
unable to hold down fluids
- the skin forms
"tents" when pinched and does not return to normal
- the temperature is over 102
degrees F and does not respond to the above measures