Heat Stroke

What Is Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke is a condition wherein the body is overheated due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Heat stroke is amongst the most common problems of the summer season, especially for a country like India. As can be inferred, it requires emergency treatment to avoid any complications and damage to the other body organs.

What Triggers Heat Stroke?

  • Exposure to hot environment
  • Staying in the sun for longer hours
  • Strenuous activity
  • Wearing excess clothing

How Would You Know If You Have Heat Stroke?

  • You may experience high body temperature (104 F or above), altered mental state or behavior, alteration in sweating, nausea and vomiting.
  • Skin may turn red as the body temperature increases
  • Rapid breathing and racing heart rate
  • Throbbing headache

What Should You Do In Case Heat Stroke Worsens?

  • In case the condition worsens, make sure you go indoors. Remove the excess clothing
  • Cooldown the body temperature by siting in a cool tub of water or by taking a cool shower
  • You can also choose to use ice packs or wet towels on the person’s head, neck and armpits.
  • Still if the symptoms do not get better, make sure you see a doctor.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Your doctor will examine you physically. After that, in case of severity he may recommend a few tests to check if any of the organs are damaged.
  • For immediate relief, immerse in cold water to lower down the temperature
  • In case the ice pack or cold water therapy induces shiver, you may choose to take muscle relaxants to ease the pain

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Heat Stroke?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery:

1. Onion Juice

Ingredients: Onion Juice

Ways to Use:

Crush an onion to take out its juice. Apply the juice behind the ears and on the chest. It will help to bring down the body temperature.

Raw onions in the chutney can also help to bring down the body temperature.

2. Tamarind Drink (Imli)

Ingredients: Tamarind Drink (Imli)

Ways to Use:

Soak the tamarind in boiling water. Strain it. Add a pinch of sugar to the drink. The drink shall help to lower the body temperature significantly.

3. Aam Panna

Ingredients: Raw Mangoes Cooling spices such as cumin, fennel, pepper and kala namak

Ways to Use:

Squeeze the raw mangoes to take out the juice. Drink the raw mango juice with a dash of cooling spices such as cumin, fennel, pepper and kala namak.

4. Buttermilk (Chhaachh)

Ingredients: Buttermilk Cooling Spices

Ways to Use:

Rich source of probiotics, chhaachh helps to rehydrate the body in the adverse season. You can make it palatable by adding cooling spices such as cumin, fennel, pepper to it.

The angry summer is often unforgiving, so make sure you take the necessary precautions. Stay hydrated and be sure not to step out in the scorching sun when you are aware of the sensitivities towards the weather. However, in case you fall prey to this heat, go ahead and try these natural ways to fight it better!

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