Heat Stroke & Its Symptoms

Summers have arrived with the temperatures soaring day by day; people are more at risk of getting a heat stroke. Heatstroke is the failure of the body to maintain a normal temperature after excessive exposure to intense heat. The major cause of heatstroke is exposure to intense heat and strenuous physical activities.

Things seem fine till the time you have to stay indoors. Stepping out on a hot summer day can be a real challenge. The sweat and heat can easily lead to dehydration and make you feel lethargic. 

Here are some ways to beat the heat:

  1. Staying hydrated is the simple rule of surviving the summer heat. Consuming 2 liters of water is important for every individual in all the weather.

      2. Caffeine and nicotine intake can also increase the body’s core temperature.

  1. Eating heavy meals can also generate heat in the body and make you feel uncomfortable. Consume light and freshly cooked meals in the summers. Cut down on processed food and intake of salty foods.
  2. Wearing tight fitted and dark colored clothes can make you more sweaty. To stay cool wear loose cotton clothes.
  3. Take a shower to bring your temperature down.
  4. Avoid sudden temperature fluctuations, do not move from air conditioner to direct heat.
  5. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat or using an umbrella.

Heat exhaustion happens when your body gets too hot. If you don’t treat heat exhaustion, it can lead to heatstroke.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion are:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Heavy sweating
  • Pale or cold skin
  • Weakness and/or confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Dark-colored urine, which indicates dehydration.

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