With the summer weather enticing all of us, we can get a little too comfortable sitting in the sunshine and enjoying the heat. However, there is a danger that lurks in the heat as well for which we should all be prepared and aware: heat stroke.
This condition is the most severe of heat complications including heat exhaustion and sunburn. Due to the fact that the internal core body temperature is significantly elevated and can lead to central nervous system malfunctions, heat stroke can be potentially lethal. It is essential to be able to recognize its signs and symptoms, as well as to know methods of prevention or treatment, if need be.
1. Hot skin (very red and painful to the touch)
2. Dizziness and/or fainting
3. Extreme nausea and vomiting
4. Extreme fatigue
5. Irregular heartbeat
8. Severe headache
What to do:
If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from heat stroke, it is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately. This is a life threatening condition that requires a medical intervention. After you have received medical treatment, you can work on rehydration and other natural techniques to help your recovery, including the following :
- Trace mineral drops in water
- Coconut water
- Multivitamin and mineral complex
- Traumeel anti-inflammatory drops
- Turmeric and bromelain capsules
To prevent this condition, there are a number of precautions you and your family should take. Firstly, at any event outside, you should take precautions to find shaded areas where people can rest out of the sun. Additionally, maintaining hydration throughout the day (before you feel thirsty!!) is essential to maintain health. Consuming hydrating foods such as cucumbers, watermelon, fruits and vegetables can also ensure that you remain hydrated outside of water consumption. Avoid dehydrating beverages such as alcohol and coffee.
Children and older people (and others too!) Should wear hats to keep their heads cool in particularly hot weather and don't be shy about dumping water on your head if need be!
At the first sign of having too much sun, someone should be taken very seriously and removed from the outdoors to avoid further exposure. Leaving children and pets in a closed car (even if the window is open) is not only illegal, but extremely dangerous too.
A few common sense precautions can help prevent an unnecessary heat stroke accident or tragedy so take the time to make sure that everyone is safe to enjoy the summer!
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Disclaimer: The above information is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician.