Condition

Heat stroke

What is it?

Heatstroke, also known as sunstroke, is a severe condition in which the body cannot cool itself through sweating and becomes overheated Heat Stroke is common among people living in hot, humid climates. It happens mainly due to a combination of dehydration and heavy exertion out in the sun. Initially people first have a heat cramp or heat exhaustion, which are less severe conditions. But when these are not treated and controlled in time, they lead to heatstroke.

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What are the symptoms?

  • Increase in body temperature.
  • Fatigue,
  • Headache
  • Dizziness,
  • Decreased perspiration,
  • Muscle cramps or weakness,
  • Rapid pulse rate,
  • Nausea and vomiting,
  • Flushed skin or redness,
  • Difficulty breathing,
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness.

Home Remedy

Do

  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Drink electrolyte-rich sports drinks to replenish lost electrolytes and water.
  • Drinking fluids like buttermilk and coconut water is also a good option.
  • Avoid fluids containing either caffeine or alcohol as they can lead to dehydration.
  • Include broths, soups and cereals with low-fat milk in your diet to keep your body hydrated.
  • Onions are good to guard against heatstroke. Consume onion in any form, preferably in raw form, to prevent heat-related issues in the summer.
  • The juices of coriander or basil leaves are also very effective in keeping the body cool.
  • Drink a glass of green coconut water a few times daily.
  • Boil 4 to 5 raw mangoes with the skin. Allow them to cool, then extract the pulp. Put 2 tablespoons of the pulp in a glass of cold water. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon each of salt and roasted cumin seeds. Drink it 2 or 3 times a day to keep your body cool.

Don't

  • Do not go out in the sun during the hottest part of the day, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Avoid strenuous exercises during the day.
  • Avoid playing outdoor sports during the peak hours of the day.
  • Avoid fluids containing either caffeine or alcohol as they can lead to dehydration.
  • Avoid fried and heavy to digest food.

Things to watch out for

Most people with heat stroke can be treated easily at home by following steps: 1) Move them to a cool place and start sponging them with cold water 2)Increase their fluid intake 3)Make them lie down with their feet raised up The symptoms will usually improve within 30 minutes. Immediately call 000 or go to emergency in case if symptoms do not improve after 30 minutes

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