Thursday, April 24, 2008

Natural Treatment for Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Heat exhaustion is a precursor to heat stroke which is characterized by high fever, absence of perspiration, thirst, a rapid pulse, confusion and sometimes, loss of consciousness.

The fever of heat stroke comes on suddenly; the temperature rises up to 106°F and sometimes up to 108°F. At that moment, the anal temperature may be above 110°F a danger sign if immediate steps are not taken.

Natural Treatment for Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke:

If the temperature goes beyond 104°F, cold compresses to the forehead is the obvious answer. If the fever shows signs of increasing in spite of the cold compresses, the clothes of the patient should be taken off and the body wrapped in a sheet dipped in ice-cold water. The sheet should be changed after every 15 minutes till the temperature comes down to 103°F.

The patient should be given plenty of liquid. During the mango season, a couple of raw Mangoes should be boiled and expressed; the resultant soup should be given with a little salt to the patient.

Preventive Steps for Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke:

Prevention is always better than cure and it applies more to heat stroke than to any other malady. One must cover one's head and the nape of the neck during summer while going out in the sun. Plenty of water should be drunk even if one does not feel thirsty. Salt intake should be increased because body salts are constantly being depleted due to profuse sweating in summer. Juice of Lemon added to a glass of cold water with a pinch of Salt makes an excellent drink to ward off heat stroke.