heat stroke treatment – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 15 Jan 2021 06:02:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Ways to Prevent Yourself from a Heatstroke https://htv.com.pk/health/5-ways-to-prevent-yourself-from-a-heatstroke Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:15:03 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=8519 5 Ways to Prevent Yourself from a Heatstroke

Take these precautions from being attacked by a heatstroke. It can seriously be fatal if not prevented.

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5 Ways to Prevent Yourself from a Heatstroke

With rising temperatures rising all over the world, it has now become a need to know the preventions of being struck by heat – in other words, having a heat stroke. Recently, in the city of Karachi, over 400 people have been under attack by the heat. As we are aware, it is the month of Ramadan for Muslims across the globe. Which means fasting and no water. It is recommended that Muslims thoroughly read this article, especially if you’re living in Karachi, to know the tips to preventing yourself and others from a heat stroke.

What is a Heat Stroke?

The human body is very productive at cooling itself usually. You can lose some amount of heat through your skin by sweating. As we know, our bodies also are of 60% water, which helps to cool you of through sweating. However, when your body becomes dehydrated, it is unable to do that. So as a result, your body temperature starts rising and can rise up to 140 or higher, causing a heat stroke. Also, if a person is suffering from heat exhaustion, and the person is not treated, it can lead to a heat stroke.

So, how do you know if a person is having a heat stroke?

Heatstroke Symptoms

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • confusion, agitation, or disorientation
  • feeling sluggish or fatigued
  • hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty
  • an extremely high temperature
  • loss of consciousness
  • rapid heart beat
  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting

 

If you or anyone you know starts to suffer from any of the above symptoms, it best that you take them to the hospital right away. As you are waiting to reach there, make an ice pack by putting lots of ice cubes in a tablecloth and putting behind their head and armpits.

Heatstroke Prevention Guide

However, it is possible to even prevent or let alone let a heatstroke happen to you. Follow these measures to prevention of having a heat stroke.

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing –Avoid wearing excessive clothing, as well as tight clothing. It is important to avoid mostly dark colors especially black as it absorbs the heat, leaving your body not to cool off.
  • Protect against sunburn –Getting sunburned, lowers the speed of your body cooling off itself. It is a necessity in the climate we live in right now, to put on at least 30 SPF sunscreen on our bodies generously. If you don’t have sunblock, then wear hats or caps to hide yourself as much from the sun as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids –Because it is the Ramadan season for Muslims, it is essential to hydrate yourself with as much fluids as possible, when not fasting. As well for the rest, it is important that your body stays hydrated, as it can only maintain its temperature then.
  • Never leave anybody in a parked automobile – This is a typical reason for deaths caused by heat in children. When you are parked under the heat of the sun, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees F (more than 6.7 C) in 10 minutes. It’s not safe to leave a person in a parked car in warm or hot weather, even if the windows are cracked or the car is in shade. When your car is parked, keep it locked to prevent a child from getting inside.
  • Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day –If you can’t avoid strenuous activity in hot weather, drink fluids and rest frequently in a cool spot. Try to schedule exercise or physical labor for cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening.

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Heatstroke: Tips to Avoid Deadly Heatwave in Ramadan https://htv.com.pk/health/heatstroke-tips-to-avoid-deadly-heatwave-in-ramadan Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:56:59 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=8508 Heatstroke: Tips to Avoid Deadly Heatwave in Ramadan - HTV

Due to the extreme hot weather in Sindh, people are losing the battle of their lives and getting heat stroke. In this time of need, we can only take precautions to save ourselves from getting heat up and affecting our health.

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Heatstroke: Tips to Avoid Deadly Heatwave in Ramadan - HTV

Heatstroke is caused by the overheating of body by the exposure to high temperatures as our bodies can only maintain internal temperature within safe limits. In an extremely hot environment where our bodies cannot effectively cool down and when the temperature is like 104 F (40C) or even higher, heat exhaustion or heat stroke can occur that is a very serious form of injury caused by heat.

This term is not a surprise for the citizens of Karachi as the temperature is rising and killing people. More than 150 people from heatstroke in last two days when the temperature hit to the max in Karachi.

Karachi got hit by the worst heat wave with temperature rising to 45 degrees Celsius, the cherry on the top was the collapse of local power grid affecting hundreds. Saturday was the hottest in Sindh as cool sea breeze wasn’t blowing and the whole city was only getting the continental. Many people were admitted to hospitals for heat-related treatments, suffering from dehydration, low blood pressure and fever whereas many lost their lives in the grip of heat wave, most of them were elderly people.

Although a little rain showers may provide a bit respite to the citizen, just to save lives, Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) have set up Heat Stroke Centers all over Karachi with doctors, para medical staff and medicines to help people but in any case a little knowledge and list of precautions to save yourself isn’t bad at all.

Precautions:

It is very important to make sure you’re doing everything right to keep yourself hydrated and healthy in this hot weather as many of us are fasting and we forget to take precautions, here are the few tips to keep ourselves safe from heat exhaustion.

  1. When you’re performing indoor activities, make sure to open all the windows. In a city like Karachi when the temperature is too hot, make use of fans or air-conditioner for good ventilation.
  2. Try avoiding vigorous exercise stuffy environment. Always choose an indoor venue that provides a good ventilation.
  3. You can help yourself by wearing light-colored and avoid fitted clothing, make sure to use an umbrella while going outdoors to avoid direct sunlight.
  4. Increase your water consumption, drink plenty glasses of water to avoid dehydration. Drink ample of water before Seheri, go for fruit and vegetable jucies as well.
  5. Avoid drinking tea and coffee.
  6. Take frequent baths to cool off your body.

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke:

You should always be aware of signs and symptoms for emergency calls:

  1. You will feel your skin is warm and flushed.
  2. You will feel dizziness and weakness.
  3. If you feel feverish, seek medical help.
  4. Watch out for headaches.

Causes of Heat Stroke:

  1. Dehydration
  2. Exercise in hot weather
  3. Hot and humid weather itself
  4. Direct exposure to sun
  5. Working outdoors

Treatment for emergencies:

  1. Move the person having heat stroke to a shady place or take him/her indoor and make him/her lie with the legs elevated.
  2. Have them sip cool water if they’re able to drink liquids.
  3. Apply water to skin, remove clothing and put the fan or air conditioner on.
  4. Apply ice to armpits, ankles, groin and waist.

Let’s hope there would be no loss of lives anymore, the heat is also unbearable due to shortage of water and electricity. The government has taken a notice and has threatened electric supply companies that there should be no power shortage specially during the Holy month of Ramadan as people fast and its gets hard for them to take this heat.

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