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Heatstroke Symptoms And Precautions

A few simple precautions taken at the right time can help you be healthy through the hot summer. In summer, its not just the unbearable heat one has to deal with. Bacteria and pathogens multiply fast in soaring temperatures, causing many illnesses. Be cautious.

Symptoms of Heatstroke
  • Hot dry skin with nil or minimal sweating.
  • Difficult in breathing
  • Altered mental status such as irrational behavior, tremors, seizures, delusions, hallucinations.
Signs To Look Out For
  • Raised body temperature (>106 degrees F)
  • Increased heart rate (>130/min)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased respiratory rate
Steps To Be Taken At Home
  • Removal of restrictive clothing
  • Spraying water on the body.
  • Physical cooling with sponging and fans
  • Ice baths can be started while on the way to hospital.
Safety Precautions In Summer

  • In many places where sanitation and hygiene is not adequate, tap water is not safe and may be contaminated.
  • Do not use this water for cooking food or making drinks like fruit juices, iced tea or coffee. Also, avoid iced preparations if not sure about the source.
  • Commercially available bottled sealed water is preferable, as it is properly filtered water.
  • Avoid cut fruits which are left open for a long time.
  • Do not leave cooked food out for more than four hours.
  • Keep raw meat, chicken and seafood away from cooked food.
  • Do not over stock your refrigerator