Recovering from a heat stroke
The thing we dread and suffer from mostly is the fear of a ‘heat stroke’ and recovering from it in the summer mornings and noon. Each year, millions of people are exposed to the dangers of extreme heat. Outdoor laborers compose the largest percentage of patients with heat-related illnesses. Athletes, journalists, photographers and the elderly also are frequently affected, with elderly persons being particularly vulnerable to heat stroke. We try and adopt all possible measures to overcome a heat stroke or stay away from it which otherwise can have dangerous consequences.We will know a little more in this article about how to recover if you are a hit with a heat stroke.
Heat stroke is caused by a failure of the body’s cooling mechanisms (sweating and/or evaporative cooling, for example) when exposed to heat.
Symptoms of a heat stroke;
- Profuse sweating, vomiting, nausea, fast heart rate, red hot skin, headaches and muscle spasms may lead to unconsciousness
- Dehydration is the prime factor which results in a heat stroke
- You may start feeling nauseated or feel like vomiting and experience muscle weakness, so moving to a cool environment is a must
How do we stay safe or recover if affected with a heat stroke;
- Place ice packs to the armpits, neck, face head and back immediately
- Drink enough water to treat yourself from dehydration
- Immerse the patient in a shower or tub of cool water, or an ice bath
Few preventive measures;
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and use large hats when you are stepping out in the sun
- Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more
- If hit with a heat stroke ensure drinking enough fluids and vegetable juices to recover from the stroke. Heat-related illness also can result from salt depletion, it may be advisable to substitute an electrolyte-rich sports drink for water during periods of extreme heat and humidity
- As much as possible try and step out in the evenings and in the cooler time period
Heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke when the body’s temperature regulation fails and can lead to seizure. The skin stops sweating, and the body temperature may exceed 106 F (41 C).This is a life-threatening condition and emergency medical attention is required. The affected individual may suffer from fever when the body’s cooling system fails. This can lead to seizure or coma. Infants, children and the elderly are at risk because their bodies are less able to get rid of heat.If you are hit by a heat stroke badly try the following measures above. If you have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease please consult your doctor for the right medication and how much fluids you need to take. At home, draw your curtains, shades, or blinds during the hottest part of the day, and open windows at night on two sides of your building to create cross-ventilation.
Take rest as much as possible to recover completely.It’s advisable avoid hot weather and heavy exercise until your doctor tells you that it’s safe to resume your normal activities.
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