Avoid Heatstroke During Summer
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Why is summer so awaited each year? Despite the sizzling heat, there is much fun ahead. Summer is a good season to be outdoors. With the sun up, it is indeed a good weather to do outdoor activities and adventures from picnics to camping and sports. Even though it is a good day to be outside, there are risks and dangers brought by the hot sun. As the mercury rises and the temperature sizzles, the risks of dehydration, sunburns, and, most of all, heat stroke similarly rise.
Sweating is something that naturally happens as your "inner biology" tries to cool down your body. While that is effective, it has its repercussions, such as fast loss of water and electrolytes. This doesn't only make you feel tired, but it will also trigger muscle cramps. The worst thing that can ensue with dehydration and loss of electrolytes is heat stroke, a real emergency you wouldn't' want happening to you or anyone you know at the peak of summer fun.
What is heatstroke?
Heat stroke is also commonly referred to as "sunstroke." It can be a real cause of concern and medical emergency as it entails the rising of the body temperature higher than 40.6 degrees Celsius (105.1 degrees Fahrenheit). This happens when you are exposed in a place with extremely high environmental heat or poor thermoregulation.
To beat heatstroke or sunstroke, particularly during humid or hot weather, a person needs their skin to be healthy, blood flow to the skin to be normal, there should be adequate fluid in the cells, and the hypothalamus should be in a robust state. If a person has a compromised health and has difficulty with thermoregulation, he or she is at risk when the temperature rises.
What are the signs and symptoms of heatstroke?
- 1Above average body temperature. A temperature of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees F), according to The National Library of Medicine, is a sign of heatstroke. A body temperature of 40.6 degrees C (105.1 degrees F) is the body heat that indicates heatstroke according to Emergency Medicine Australia.Advertisement
- 2Different strokes for different folks. Individual differences may cause some people to develop heatstroke at lower temperatures, or some may reach this temperature, but not manifest any of the symptoms of sunstroke.Advertisement
- 3Not breaking a sweat? When you stop sweating, that is a bad sign. It means that your body can't sweat anymore and that is what works in cooling your body. Not sweating is also a sign of dehydration.
- 4Other signs and symptoms to watch for:
- Intense and increasing muscle cramps
- Reddish skin that's hot and dry
- Irregular heartbeat that is either too fast or slow
- Hyperventilation - manifested by shallow panting and rapid breathing
- Gastric queasiness, vomiting and nausea
- Little, infrequent passing of dark urine
- 5Signs and symptoms indicating that the nervous system is already affected:
- Confusion or misperception and poor coordination
- Headache, dizziness, vertigo, and light-headedness
- Nervousness, unease, and restlessness
- Seizures or convulsions
- Hallucinations and delusions
- Illogical or hard to understand behavior
- Passing out or losing consciousness
Ways to Prevent Heat Stroke
- 1Stay hydrated as much as possible.
- 3Eat fresh fruits and cold foods.
- 4Avoid direct exposure to the sun.
- 7Give yourself enough time to gradually acclimatize to the heat.
- 8Parents' vigilance.
- 9Know the warning signs.
Tips, Tricks and Warnings
When going out or away during summer, always remember your SWEATS.
- Stay Hydrated
- Wear loose and light clothes
- Eat fruits and cold foods
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Take a bath
- Stay in cool places
Questions and Answers
Body is at 40 degrees celsius, What would happen if I ate ice cream?
If your body is at 40 degrees celsius because of the heat of the summer, eating an ice cream or drinking any cold fluids will greatly help decrease your body temperature. The highest temperature on a human body is the core temperature or the temperature inside your body.
One good advantage of ingesting cold foods and fluids during summer is that these foods slows down your body's rate of digestion because these foods needs to be heated up first to your body temperature for the digestion of these foods to take place and cold fluids leaves your stomach more quickly helping and cooling your body core temperature more quickly and efficiently.
By ingesting cold foods or fluids, you are lowering down your high body temperature which makes you feel refreshed and relaxed.
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