Combat Heat Stroke This Summer

2010-02-14 Hugapalooza LR-24

Even without the El Niño phenomenon, summers here in the Philippines are notoriously hot! This hot weather brings about various heat related health concerns which include heat stroke. Contrary to what some other people think, heat stroke is a serious medical condition. It is even treated as an emergency case in hospitals as its complications may be life-threatening.

Heat stroke or hyperthemia happens when the body temperature elevates to unhealthy levels. The unusual body heat may be a result of the body's metabolism or dehydration. At risk of suffering from heat stroke are babies, the elderly, athletes, and outdoor workers.

Heat stroke often starts with heat exhaustion which has the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps, and headache. On the other hand, symptoms of heat stroke include high body temperature, absence of sweating, flushed skin, rapid pulse,difficulty in breathing, confusion, hallucinations, agitation, seizure, and coma.

To prevent heat stroke, always remember to hydrate with lots of fluids. You can keep yourself by drinking water, which is also the best diet aid, or eating watery fruits such as watermelons and turnips. Avoid hot places or being under direct sunlight. Wear light-colored and lightweight clothes that let your body breathe. If you are feeling heat exhaustion, take in sports drinks which are rich in electrolytes such as sodium.

Hope this information helps you in keeping your family cool this summer!

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