Heat stroke is a serious form of hyperthermia. Much more severe than heat exhaustion, heat stroke manifests itself by a rise in body temperature and heart rate, while at the same time blood pressure drops dangerously low. Nausea, headaches, sudden blindness, and the eventual loss of consciousness also occur when immediate heat stroke treatment is not offered.
What Causes Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke treatment may be required by anyone whose bodily temperature rises above the point where perspiration can provide the needed cooling off. It is interesting to note that contributing factors include dehydration, physical overexertion in the heat of the day, and also a combination of these factors with medications that raise the bodily metabolism and thereby heat output.
What Natural Cures Can I Use On Someone Suffering From Heatstroke?
The short answer is none. WebMD advises that heat stroke is the kind of medical condition that is considered a life threatening emergency; paramedics need to be contacted immediately if there is a suspicion of heat stroke.
That being said, a good many of the heat stroke treatment options employed by hospital staff will mimic natural cures. Moreover, there are five natural cures for heat stroke you can employ while waiting for help to arrive.
- Begin by moving the affected person out of the sun. Find a shady spot or erect a temporary shelter over the person with the help of some sticks and a tarp or blanket.
- The second heat stroke treatment involves the use of water on the skin of the heat stroke victim. Since perspiration has virtually ceased, you need to mimic this bodily reaction by spraying the person’s body with water and then fanning her/him to promote cooling of the skin.
- Apply cold compresses to various key points of the body, such as the neck, the wrists, and backs of the knees, and also the groin area. As natural cures for heat stroke go, this one is safe and may provide virtually immediate relief, providing you keep the compresses sufficiently cold.
- If there is plenty of help, the immersion into a bathtub with tepid (not freezing cold) water is also recommended. This heat stroke treatment offers a quicker way of cooling down the body than simply spraying it with water.
- A heat stroke treatment that is controversial involves offering water or sports drinks to the heat stroke victim. If the person is conscious and lucid, you may be able to risk it, but it may be a better idea to run this idea by the emergency operator before getting started.