Heatwave: Heat can cause fatigue and stomach ache!


Heat exhaustion occurs when our body absorbs too much heat and is unable to expel it. This may be due to sudden exposure to strong sunlight or vigorous exercise.


In many hospitals in the country including the capital Delhi, the temperature has gone above 45 degrees, which has made life difficult for people. Due to extreme heat and heat waves, people have stopped coming out of their homes and some people are facing health-related problems. The risk of heat stroke is very high in this hot weather. Heat exhaustion is a serious form of heatstroke.

Heat exhaustion occurs when our body absorbs too much heat and is unable to expel it. Sweating is a natural way of keeping the body cool, but due to excessive heat and sweating, the body becomes deficient in water and essential minerals. This deficiency causes heat exhaustion.

Dr. Ajay Aggarwal, Director of Fortis Hospital, Noida, said that given the continuously increasing temperatures and summer season, the number of patients suffering from heat exhaustion has increased by 20 to 30 percent. The patients coming to us are complaining of muscle cramps, stomach pain, weakness, nausea, vomiting diarrhea, etc. and such patients are continuously reaching OPD these days.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

Complaints of nervousness, extreme weakness, fainting, headache, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and frequent muscle cramps are seen in patients who feel tired due to heat (heat exhaustion).

Causes of Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is caused by poor physical fitness, obesity, dehydration, severe illness, lack of acclimatization, and exhausting exercise in high temperatures.

How to avoid heat exhaustion?

- To avoid this, you should drink a sufficient amount of water (about 2 to 3 liters per day).

- If you go out, cover your head with a cap or scarf and wear light cotton clothes.

- After returning home from outside, first bring yourself to normal temperature, to do this, sit by running a fan and then take a bath after 20 to 30 minutes so that your body can cool down completely.

- Do not allow children and old people to go out of their homes during summer because due to the strong rays of the sun, they can become victims of dehydration and get heat stroke.