Recently in Karachi, there have been many deaths due to the heat wave that has taken over. Heat-strokes have become common, and many a times, have led to fatalities. To begin with, let’s take a look at what exactly a heat-stroke is and what its symptoms are.
A heat-stroke happens when your body overheats due to excessive heat exposure and loses it’s ability to cool itself.
Symptoms of a heat-stroke are:
3. High Fever (40 C)
5. Muscle cramps
6. Skin becomes hot, dry and red
7. Altered mental state (Confusion, agitation, irritability)
8. Not sweating even though body temperature is very high.
If you see someone with these conditions or suspect them of eventually having a heat-stroke then you must:
1. Take the person to a cool area or under shade immediately
2. Get them to drink cool liquids (nothing with caffeine)
3. Remove excess clothing (Socks, person wearing more than two shirts)
4. Putting them in half a bath to lower there body temperature.
5. Apply ice to neck, armpits, wrists, ankles and groin
Ways in which you can prevent yourself from getting heat stroke are:
1. Hydrate yourself make sure you aren’t dehydrated
2. Take frequent showers or baths to keep your body temperature cool
3. Wear loose clothes, or clothes that keep you cool. Wear a hat!
4. Don’t partake in strenuous activity in hot weather.
Taking these, few but simple, precautions will prevent you from getting a heat-stroke and will help you help those who do have (or are close to getting) a heat-stroke. In this time of death and despair in Karachi, spread the message to as many people as you possibly can!