Heat Stroke: What It Is And How To Protect Yourself

By ChemistsWorld On 10 May 2018

Heat exhaustion, or commonly called as heatstroke is a medical condition in which the body temperature goes high dramatically. This condition usually does not get serious, but can be even fatal if it turns serious. Hence, it is very essential to take proper precaution during a heatstroke. Here’s everything that you need to know about heatstroke and how to tackle with it during an emergency.

Make sure to check for these signs of heat stroke that include:

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • excessive sweating and pale skin
  • intense thirst
  • fast breathing
  • cramps in the arms, legs, and stomach

If you observe any of the above-mentioned symptoms, follow the below mentioned steps to cool them down:

  • Firstly, take them to a cooler place
  • Slightly raise the feet after making them lie down on the bed
  • Make them drink water in abundance. You can also give them re-hydration or sports drinks.
  • Soothe their skin by spraying cool water on the skin through a wet sponge.

Make sure you are with them until they are fine. The person should get normal within 30-35 minutes.

You need to call the emergency number 112 if an individual:

  • continues to feel dry and hot even after 30 minutes
  • has a body temperature that has gone high
  • has a fit, loses consciousness, and is unresponsive

These may be symptoms of a heatstroke. Unless, you get te medical help, keep helping them with the first aid medication & try to bring them to the normal position if they are not active for a longer time.

There are a larger possibilities of heatstroke during the summer season. Remember,

  • drink adequate amount of water to keep yourself hydrated
  • wear loose, light colored clothing
  • go for cool showers and bathing
  • avoid going out when the sun is at its peak
  • avoid extreme exercise, and limit the intake of alcohol

Also, take extreme care of kids and adults who have diabetes or heart problems since they are at higher risk of getting heat stroke.

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