Heat stroke is a very serious condition that occurs mostly on hot summer or hot working environments when the body absorbs too much heat from either the sun, or the working environment, and cannot cool itself down. Heat stroke is defined as when the body absorbs more heat than it can dissipate through natural cooling methods. When a person’s body sweats all their liquids the body will go into shock which in turn produces heat stroke. Heat stroke is a very serious condition which requires treatment immediately; symptoms include a flushed look, dizziness or confusion, or convulsive shaking or trembling spells. The following article will take a look at 5 natural cures for heat stroke. As with any medical condition it is also important to call 911 or a doctor immediately in order to prevent long term side effects.
Heat stroke is caused by overheating in the body; therefore you need to cool down the victim immediately by moving them out of the sun and into a cooler environment. Getting the heat stroke victim liquids, ice pack, and cool water will help bring the temperature down.
2. Drinking Plenty of Water
Heat stroke is caused by the body’s lack of fluids which results in overheating and sweating. Drinking lots of cool water while working outside or in hot conditions during the summer months is a great natural cure for heatstroke. If the body has plenty of fluid the core temperature will not rise so drastically, this is of course a preventative measure.
3. Damp Washcloth or Towel
Putting the victim into a cool pool of water such as a tub or a shower can cause hypothermia since the victim would be going from one extreme to another. In order to use a natural cure for heat stroke you must get the victim cooled down since their body can no longer sweat; use a damp towel or washcloth on the victims head and entire body if possible. Lowering the victim’s core temperature is the goal here; however be careful not to lower it too fast.
4. Salt, Sugar and Lemon Water
Adding a pinch of salt mixed with lemons and water is another natural remedy, the victim has already lost a majority of salt through sweat as well as valuable nutrients. This remedy is much like Gatorade which can also be used, however this can be made from home.
5. Change Clothing
However obvious this tip may be sometimes people do not realize it; since heat stroke is caused from overheating in the body’s core it is vital to cool the victim down. Removing their clothing is vital to cooling the victim down quickly. Applying the damp towel or washcloth after this step is taken is a great idea to help bring the temperature down.
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_Stroke, Definition of Heat Stroke