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I love how topics can just veer off here.

I think its funny people are arguing over which is better- Extreme heat or cold? Either will kill you. In the last few years I have dealt with patients coming in to hospital after freezing to death or near death(frostbite is nasty) and only a few months later people have come in suffering from heat stroke. One homeless guy had both!(not at same time)

It is important to say that heat stroke is a killer. and it can occur a lot faster than people think. It is also incredibly difficult to reverse the effects.
Yes...most emphatically YES. Once the body gets above 105-106, death can happen very very quickly...and its really hard to reverse the damage in time. The brain doesnt do well with that type of heat.
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Yes...most emphatically YES. Once the body gets above 105-106, death can happen very very quickly...and its really hard to reverse the damage in time. The brain doesnt do well with that type of heat.
That depends. I lived for a long time in south India, where you regularly have that kind of weather in summer. You definitely have to hydrate a lot and cover your head if you mean to be out for a long time, but even if you fail to do those, you can survive outside longer than you can unprotected in the kind of cold weather we're talking about.
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That depends. I lived for a long time in south India, where you regularly have that kind of weather in summer. You definitely have to hydrate a lot and cover your head if you mean to be out for a long time, but even if you fail to do those, you can survive outside longer than you can unprotected in the kind of cold weather we're talking about.
Sorry, I meant internal body temperature, not outside temps. Once your body temp gets to that level, its quite a rapid downhill descent for cognitive brain functions and other body functions.
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Oh definitely, but that only happens usually due to fever. You need to stand in direct midafternoon sunlight for hours to get there due to external heat in most places. You'll need to be pretty crazily dehydrated, and be in a place with no wind to cool you down.
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Oh definitely, but that only happens usually due to fever. You need to stand in direct midafternoon sunlight for hours to get there due to external heat in most places. You'll need to be pretty crazily dehydrated, and be in a place with no wind to cool you down.
Or just being engaged in very strenuous activity in ultra hot weather...once the body overheats (i.e. you stop sweating and enter into heat stroke) it gets bad fast. I've seen it happen and its a scary sight.
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Or just being engaged in very strenuous activity in ultra hot weather...once the body overheats (i.e. you stop sweating and enter into heat stroke) it gets bad fast. I've seen it happen and its a scary sight.
Yup. Always carry water. Or better yet, dunk your head into a stream or well. That's what farmers do, in those places.
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