Heat Stroke: Know the symptoms of heat stroke!


Deaths of polling personnel during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh have become a matter of concern. Six people deployed on election duty in Sonbhadra and Mirzapur have died. Many of these people had complaints of high BP, sugar, and fever. In such a situation, it is important to know how to avoid heatstroke in case of high BP, sugar, and fever in the summer season.


What is heatstroke?

Heatstroke is a serious health condition that occurs when the body temperature rises very rapidly and cannot be controlled. Patients with high BP and sugar are at a higher risk of heatstroke during the summer season. Lack of water in the body, imbalance of electrolytes from sweat, and strong sunlight can be fatal for these patients.

Why does high BP and sugar increase the risk of heatstroke?

High BP: People with high BP have constricted veins, making it difficult to cool the body.

Sugar: Sugar attracts water in the blood, increasing the risk of dehydration.

Fever: Fever increases the body temperature, increasing the risk of heatstroke.

Symptoms of heatstroke

- high fever

- headache

- dizziness

- fatigue

- muscle cramps

- shortness of breath

- fainting

Tips to prevent heatstroke

- Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty.

- Dark-colored clothing absorbs heat, while light-colored clothing reflects heat.

- Avoid the hot sun whenever possible.

- Use air conditioning or fans or move to cool places.

- Drink salt and sugar-containing drinks to replenish electrolytes lost through sweat.

What to do in case of heat stroke

- Make the person suffering from heat stroke lie down in the shade. If he is wearing tight clothes, loosen them or remove them.

- Wipe the body with a cold wet cloth or bathe him with cold water.

- Use coolers, fans, etc. to reduce body temperature. Keep wet and cold clothes on the neck, stomach, and head repeatedly.

- Give the person ORS/lemon water, salt-sugar solution, buttermilk, or sherbet to drink, which can increase the amount of water in the body. If the person vomits water or is unconscious, do not let him eat or drink anything.

- If the condition of the person suffering from heat stroke does not improve for an hour, immediately take him to the nearest health center.

- Use coolers, fans, etc. to reduce body temperature.

- Keep a wet and cold cloth on the neck, stomach, and head.

- Give the person buttermilk, lemon water, and sherbet to drink.

- Make the person lie down in a shady place and loosen his clothes.

Also, take care of these things

- If you are suffering from any disease, then take special care of your health during the summer season.

- Elderly people and children also need to be protected from heat.

- If you are having problems like high fever or vomiting-diarrhea, then contact the doctor.

If you have high blood pressure, sugar, or fever, be especially careful during the summer season. If you notice symptoms of heatstroke, seek medical help immediately.