Monday, 14 May 2012

How to Prevent HEAT STROKE in Summer?

Heat stroke is a big problem that we face in summer. In many cases, heat stroke can be fatal as we don’t have much time to react! 

To maintain our normal body temperature (98.60F) in hot summer, sweating is very important. Our body can keep itself cool by putting moisture on the skin and allowing it to evaporate.

Sweat can be manufactured when there is plenty of water in our body. If our body run out of water, sweat stops and our body rapidly overheats, which is what usually happens in summer.

In a hot environment, our body can produce 2 liters of sweat every hour. Hence, we need to drink water at the sane rate or else we will dehydrate and stop sweating. Therefore, we must keep drinking water regardless of how thirsty we feel because it is the only way to avoid dehydration.

Another factor for heat stroke is high humidity, which keeps the sweat from evaporating. In both the cases, the lack of sweat or the inability to evaporate the sweat, the body temperature rises if it is hot outside. So, it is a serious problem when the body temperature rises to 106oF.

Some symptoms for heat stroke include red, that, dry skin. The body dilates skin blood vessels so as to release heat, this makes the skin red. The dryness of skin is due to the lack of sweat. These symptoms are followed by rapid heart rate, dizziness and confusion.


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