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Prevention of Sunstroke

Dr. Rajendra Kumar

Summer is here and so are the problems connected with it such as heat exhaustion, heat syncope, heat fever and heat stroke. It is always better to take precautions to minimise these effects of the scorching heat.

Cool Diet
During the months of summer, you must include foodstuff that has a cooling effect on the body such as cucumber, watermelon and unripe mango. Cucumber is a very popular vegetable that has a cooling and a refreshing effect.

Watermelon is also a fruit that is very good and has a cooling effect on the body. Watermelon is healthy and tastes good too.

Unripe mango protects from the adverse effects of hot, scorching winds. A drink, prepared from the unripe mango by cooking and mixing the pith with sugar and water, is an effective remedy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Eating raw mango with salt quenches thirst and prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer due to excessive sweating.

Effects of Heat

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat syncope
  • Heat fever
  • Heat cramps
  • Prickly heat
When to Seek Advice!
In heat exhaustion (when the person has the symptoms of mild shock-cold, clammy, pale tired, nausea, raised heart rate, they may also have muscle cramps. If the level of consciousness is affected (drowsy and dull) or they do not show signs of increasing strength and vitality after an hour of cool rest.

In Sunstroke. This is a medical emergency because the body's temperature regulating mechanism has been overloaded and has failed. The skin is hot, red and often dry. There are signs of impaired consciousness or confusion and even convulsions. Take whatever steps are possible to cool the body below 1020 F (48.90 C) as early as possible whilst awaiting expert help.

Precautions to be Taken
  • Wear suitable clothing for the months of summer
  • Drink adequate water
  • Enough salt intake should be there
  • Keep yourself cool
  • Do not work in very hot, humid weather
  • Avoid all risk factors associated with heat stroke

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