How to prevent Heat stroke


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
How to prevent Heat stroke

Commonly associated with summer months, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are conditions that can debilitate the best of us. Heatstrokes can be especially disastrous if you are unaware about the basic methods of prevention against heat-related ailments. From re-hydrating to food choices, here's looking at how you can keep heatstroke at bay and live healthy even when the scorching sun's beating down your back. *Images courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images

When someone shows signs of suffering from a heat-related problem, the first step should be to move him/her to a considerably cooler place, which is out of direct sunlight. Remove any unnecessary clothing and expose their skin to air. Cool the person's body by spraying room temperature (not cold) water on his/her face. If the situation doesn't settle down, call for a doctor's help immediately, while continuing the water and cool swab application to the armpits, neck and groin area.

When suffering from a sudden heat backlash, drink some water. However, make sure it is not extremely chilled as your body might react negatively to extreme levels of temperature in your body. As a preventive measure, you should drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Know the signs of heatstroke. Heatstroke has several symptoms that you should be wear of - excessive fatigue, exhaustion and breathlessness along with an upset stomach, restlessness, fast heart rate, unconsciousness and perhaps severe vomiting too. A failure to act on these symptoms could lead to fainting spells and other serious health problems.

People who suffer from health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and alarming levels of obesity should be extra careful as they are highly prone to heatstrokes in the burning summer months. In case of heart diseases, the body takes time to cool off thus the risk. People with diabetes can be easily dehydrated if their blood sugar levels are not under control. And when it comes to obesity, the logic is simple - bigger the person, the harder it will be to lose excess heat.

Drink water right before you take on a sport such as swimming, playing at the park and so on. Skip the sports drinks and go for something more nutritious such as coconut water, advise experts. When exerting to high levels, your body needs electrolytes for real time re-hydration, which are minerals such as sodium and potassium, and coconut water provides just that in abundance.

Do not take Aspirin or medicines withAcetaminophen if you suffer from heatstroke. This will not help in reducing your high body temperature, rather it will create complications due to the nature of your body's reaction to heatstroke.

Dos and don'ts of heatstroke. Do wear loose fitting clothes. Do keep a hat or an umbrella handy. Do drink something cool before leaving your home in extreme summer months. Don't apply too much of ice packs on the person who is suffering from heatstroke. Don't ignore the basic heatstroke symptoms, take action immediately. Don't step out in the peak afternoon time as that is the time when you are most likely to get a heatstroke. However, if you must, then do take the necessary precautions.

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