The hot temperature in summer can cause heat stroke, not only in those with health problems but also in those who are a picture of health. Heat seems to suck away all your energy, making you feel lethargic and weak. Furthermore, extreme dehydration may occur, causing the heatstroke to last longer. This happens when you least expect it, which is why it is important to know the different ways to treat heat stroke at home or anywhere.
Sunstroke, or heat stroke, is very common during the summer, when the heat is getting under our skin. It is very important to know what causes this condition, and it is also significant to understand and identify its signs and symptoms. This way, you can select the right remedy or treatment for it. Before going into the home treatments for heat stroke, let us first check the common causes and symptoms of it.
Heat Stroke: What Causes It?
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The fluids in our body are responsible for the maintaining our body temperature, especially during hot weather conditions. When the body sweats, it releases all the excess heat and cools it down after it has been excessively exposed to heat. If the body loses its necessary fluids, dehydration strikes and heat stroke may occur. This type of exhaustion may easily progress to a life-threatening condition wherein the body temperature rises up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit and may cause neurological damage.
A heat stroke may occur because of two reasons:
-Children, the elderly and those people who have illnesses usually have difficulty regulating their body temperature. Furthermore, they may also suffer heat stroke because of excessive exposure to high temperatures. This is even without doing any physical activity.
-Physical exposure of the body to hot weather conditions can cause heat stroke. For example, playing a sport under the hot sun for too long.
You can easily identify if you are suffering from heat stroke by a certain set of signs and symptom.
Heat Stroke: Signs and Symptoms
In order for you to know how to treat heat stroke, you must first know what its signs and symptoms are. Here are some of the indications of heat stroke:
-Sweating heavily, or a lack of sweat
-Abdominal and muscle cramps
-Rapid breathing and increase in heart rate
-Weakness of the body or dizziness.
-Vomiting or nausea.
-High body temperature (about 104 degrees Fahrenheit or more)
Heat stroke may occur after all of these signs appear, and usually the symptoms are neurological. The heat stroke patient may experience:
-Strange change in behavior
-Hallucinations and delusions
Heat stroke may also progress to a coma. Thus, you should never ignore any of these signs and symptoms and instead should deal with them as soon as possible without hesitation. You will also need to seek treatment to prevent it from getting worse.
How to Treat Heat Stroke
Here are some ways to treat heat stroke, almost all of which can be found in your home for ease of quick access:
Apple cider vinegar. Because of its minerals and vitamin content, ACV helps replenishlost electrolytes.
Buttermilk. This beverage’s main constituent is water – this is what makes it refreshing. Furthermore, it also helps hydrate and cool down the body. Additionally, this beverage contains minerals, vitamins, proteins and probiotics which help replenish the body.
Tamarind juice. Tamarind, as professionals say, helps cool down the body. Furthermore, it also does this while supplying an essential nutrient and electrolytes that are worn-out by dehydration.
Cold bath. Some specialists recommend this method if the stroke is due to exertion. This method helps cool temperature of the body. However, if you do this at home, make sure not to use ice-cold water, because it might drop the body temperature severely and cause some negative effects.
Coriander water. Coriander helps cool the body and remove excess heat. It also helps reduce any vomiting and nausea.
Onion juice. This method must only be tried once during heat stroke. However, after a few days, you can increase your intake to twice per day.
Heat Stroke: Some Tips and Precautions
-Don’t exert yourself too much when in the sun, and keep yourself hydrated.
-Sleep at least 6-8 hours a day and eat a proper diet. This will ensure your body is well rested and have the minerals, vitamins and proteins it needs to function properly.
-Always wear loose-fitting clothes during hot and humid days.
–Drink a lot of water, especially when you are outside and the weather is very hot.
-Always wear a cap, umbrella or scarf on your head when going out in the sun.
Always make sure to protect yourself when exposed to the sun. Furthermore, you must not expose yourself too much to the sun. Not only does this prevent heat stroke from occurring, but it also benefits your overall health.