A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Heat Stroke
I had a question the other day about heat stroke.
Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is a medical emergency.
If you suspect someone has heat stroke – also known as sunstroke – you should call paramedics immediately and give first aid until they arrive.
Heat stroke can kill or cause damage to your brain and other internal organs.
Heat stroke often occurs as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses like heat cramps, fainting, and heat exhaustion.
But it can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat injury.
Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures – usually with dehydration – which leads to failure of your body’s temperature control system.
The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 105 degrees Fahrenheit with complications involving the central nervous system.
Other common symptoms include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.
Symptoms may also include:
>Dizziness and lightheadedness.
>Lack of sweating despite the heat.
>Red, hot and dry skin.
>Muscle weakness or cramps.
>Nausea and vomiting.
>Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak.
>Rapid, shallow breathing.
>Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering.
Any delay seeking medical help can be fatal.
While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, begin first aid.
Move the person to an air-conditioned environment – or at least a cool, shady area – and remove any unnecessary clothing.
Do what you can to lower the person’s core body temperature by trying these cooling strategies:
>Fan air over the person while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge or garden hose.
>Apply ice packs to the person’s armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature.
>Immerse the person in a shower or tub of cool water, or an ice bath.
If emergency response is delayed, call the hospital emergency room for additional instructions.
After you’ve recovered from heat stroke, you’ll probably be more sensitive to high temperatures during the following week.
So it’s best to avoid hot weather and heavy exercise until you’re cleared to resume your normal activities.
To deal with heat stroke it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily. Drink lots of Performance.
*Try aloe vera gel on any sunburned areas of skin.
*Eat high-protein foods for tissue repair, and raw fruits and vegetables to supply needed vitamins and minerals.
*Strictly avoid any further sun exposure until fully recovered.
*Prevention is better than cure. Take precautions to prevent further heat stroke.
*Avoid spending time outdoors between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
*When you do spend time outdoors, wear a sun hat, protective clothing, and sunglasses that specify UV protection.
*Consider Tea Tree oil, Calendula cream, and or essential oils.
*Investigate complimentary alternatives (homeopathy, herbs, hydrotherapy, etc.).
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