Cold packs on cheeks, hands and feet may help combat heat stroke

April 10, 2015 5:55 PM

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(Reuters Health) - Symptoms of heat stroke may be eased by applying cold packs to the cheeks, hands and feet, a study suggests, potentially offering a new way to help lower body temperatures in overheated athletes.

"The cheeks, palms, and soles of the feet are special areas," with blood vessels that don't contract when cold packs are applied, helping to remove heat from the skin surface and cool body temperatures, said study co-author Dr. Grant Lipman, a researcher in emergency medicine at Stanford University ...

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