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This summer Arogyada online homoeopathic clinic brings you some tips to handle the scorching heat and stay calm and healthy. So here we go...
So first let us understand how our body works to keep itself cool...Well by sweating ...Its that simple. The best effect of cooling can be observed in dry air but in case of humid air, sweat hardly evaporates that leads to increase in body temperature and the person may be caught to the illness like Sunstroke/ Heatstroke. It is the most severe kind of heat illness. The cooling system of the affected body stops working thereby letting the internal body temperature increase to such levels that there arises a possibility of potential brain damage or damage to other vital organs. Timely application of home remedies like applying cold compresses or taking onion juice, and other fruit juices are highly beneficial in avoiding such grave consequences. Indeed, prevention is better than cure when it comes to Heat Stroke.
Heat exhaustion is not serious and usually gets better when you cool down. If it turns into heat stroke it needs to be treated as an emergency. The dazzling sun above might seem to be bright and lively, but during the summer months, excessive exposure can cause life threatening health problems.
Check for signs of heat exhaustion.
The signs of heat exhaustion include:
2. Dizziness and confusion
3.Loss of appetite and feeling sick
4. Excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
5. Cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
6. Fast breathing or pulse
7. Temperature of 38C or above
8. Intense thirst
Causes of Sunstroke/ Heat Stroke
The commonest causes of sun stroke are
Prolong exposure to Sun, especially in dry and humid environment
Imbalance in thermosetting system of the body
Dehydration due to excessive sweating
The most common signs and symptoms of mild Heat stroke/ Sun stroke include
Low blood pressure
Muscle cramps, tone and other heat exhaustion related symptoms.
More severe Sun stroke/ Heat stroke is accompanied by signs and symptoms are like :
High body temperature
Dry and hot skin
High grade fever
Rapid pulse rate
Difficulty in breathing
In fact, some of the symptoms may be similar to that of a heart stroke. The temperature of the affected individual tends to rise to 104 degree F or even more.
Sunstroke/ Heatstroke prevention tips
By following these tips one can avoid heat stroke, even if it is necessary to venture out in the heat or workout vigorously.
Always choose your clothes with care in summers and while going in heat, opt for light fabrics in a loose fit, which will allow your skin to breathe easily.
Take sufficient quantity of water before going out in the sun.
Crush onion and apply as a paste on the armpit and or on the groin for prevention from sunstroke.
Always use cap and natural sun lotion to protect yourself from the sun heat.
In case of high grade fever, soak a piece of cloth in rose water and vinegar and apply frequently on the forehead.
Putting ice bag or cube on the forehead is also good if the person suffering from high grade fever.
Avoid excess alcohol
Avoid extreme exercise
Drink plenty of cold drinks, especially when exercising
Take cool baths or showers
Sprinkle water over skin or clothes
Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
Try to avoid coffee and alcohols.
Heat cramps occur due to physical exertion or exposure to extremely high temperature. When this happens you may notice signs like sweating, increased thirst and fatigue. At this time you will probably also notice cramps in your arms, legs and tummy. It is essential that you move to a shade or a cool environment immediately and if possible consume a lot of fluids, preferably with electrolytes. In case you fail to follow the necessary steps to manage heat cramps, you could experience heat exhaustion. As the condition worsens you may begin to feel a headache coming on, accompanied by light-headedness or dizziness. You may also feel nauseous muscle cramps and cool or clammy skin. At this point, it may be best for you to take a cold shower, move to an air-conditioned area and drink an energizing beverage.
Home-made remedies for Heatstroke/ Sunstroke
In order to treat Sun stroke/ heat stoke physician’s focuses on cooling the patient’s body, so that the body reaches to its normal temperature as soon as possible. Some of the simple home-made remedies are highly effective.
6 Spices that will Keep You Cool on a Hot Day
Well the first thing that comes to our mind is drinking cold water or drinks but wait don’t be in a rush it can be harmful.
Frosty foods cool you down but their effect is not everlasting and could be rather villainous. Scientifically, after the initial icy shock once the digestive process kicks in these foods generate more heat in the body. Your internal temperature falls so suddenly that to compensate for it your body temperature rises over time. You end up feeling the you way were - baked and bothered.
So need the help of these spices to fight or prevent sunstroke
Sauf: Popular as a mouth freshener, saunf is an excellent source of Vitamin C. It is known to calm the inflammation caused in the body due to the heat.
Fennel seeds: Soak the fennel seeds in water overnight. Strain the water and drink up with a pinch of sugar, black salt, lemon and all that you fancy. This makes for an instant summer energizer.
Turmeric: well this one has an opposite image in people’s mind that it produces heat but Spices with a bitter character are known for their cooling mojo.
Some home remedies which could be helpful to you are-
Tamarind is rich in vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. Soak some tamarind in boiling water. Strain it and drink it with a pinch of sugar. This decoction lowers your body temperature.
Buttermilk and Coconut Water
Juice of Coriander and Mint Leaves-coriander juice can also be applied for soothing hot itchy skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Add few drops of apple cider vinegar in your fruit juice or mix it with plain cool water and honey. This helps in replenishing the minerals and electrolytes that are lost.
Mix some sandalwood powder and apply it on your forehead and chest. Its cooling properties will bring down your body temperature.
Onion Juice: This is one of the best remedies for treating a heat stroke. Applying onion juice behind the ears and on your chest can help bring down your body temperature. For therapeutic purposes onion juice is more desirable, but you can roast some raw onions with cumin and honey and have it. Raw onions in chutneys or salads can also cool your system.
Tulsi Seeds : A concoction of tulsi seeds mixed in some rose water is known to cool your system instantly.
Pomegranate juice is very good if the person is having diarrhoea because of sunstroke.
Prepare a paste of grinded black peppercorn in some coconut milk. Applying this cooling mixture on the body is an efficient home remedy used in the treatment of heat stroke.
Drink Aloe vera juice.
Take dried edible parts of Bengal gram shrub. Grind it with 150 ml of water, strain and sweeten with sugar. It may be taken 3-4 times a day.
Wood apple juice (Bilwa)-: The juice of Bilwa fibres and sugar in summer acts as a good heat absorbing agent. So, must have it in summer.
Dried Fenugreek leaves (Methi)-: Dried leaves of Fenugreek have the Magical touch to cure sunstroke. Take some leaves of fenugreek and soak them in water. After sometime, crush the leaves, add a little honey to the crush and filter. Give this blend to the patient once in every two hours. It will show a healing effect very soon.
Diet ‘Rich’ in Fruits and Vegetables: A good way to prevent sunstroke is to include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Watermelon, pineapple, cucumber, oranges, etc. are good in keeping the body cool during summer, preventing sunstroke conditions.
An onion a day can keep sunstroke at bay
Diet for Heat Stroke
Dehydration is an important cause behind the incidence of Heat Strokes. Therefore, it is essential to include fresh fruits, vegetables and juices in the regular diet to avoid Heat related illnesses, especially Heat Strokes. These items are high in water content and help to keep the body well hydrated. Oranges, pineapples, watermelons, grapefruits lemons, cantaloupes and similar fruits are particularly useful in this regard. Drinking plenty of water is also necessary, especially before going out in the sun. Onions, mint, cucumber and yogurt should be positively included in the diet to prevent Heat Strokes
It has been observe that low blood sugar can trigger the symptoms of Heat Strokes. Thus, the diet should definitely include protein rich foods such as cheese, nuts beans etc. To some extent, peppermint tea and raspberry tea are found to be effective in providing relief from the symptoms of Heat Stroke. Excessive consumption of salt adversely affects the functioning of normal sweat production.
First Aid for Heat Stroke
If you suspect that someone has a heat stroke, immediately call 102 or transport the person to a hospital. Any delay seeking medical help can be fatal.
While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, initiate first aid. Move the person to an air-conditioned environment or at least a cool, shady area -- and remove any unnecessary clothing.
If possible, take the person's core body temperature and initiate first aid to cool it to 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. (If no thermometers are available, don't hesitate to initiate first aid.)
Try these cooling strategies:
Fan air over the patient while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge or garden hose.
Apply ice packs to the patient's armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature.
Immerse the patient in a shower or tub of cool water.
If the person is young and healthy and suffered heat stroke while exercising vigorously what’s known as exertional heat stroke you can use an ice bath to help cool the body.
Dr. Khushboo Murarka
NagpurMarch 30, 2018