How to Prevent a Heatstroke
A heatstroke is a serious form of injury that results from heat. In many cases, it is considered as a medical emergency and therefore has to be dealt with immediately. People who frequently suffer from heat strokes must keep a first aid kit along with themselves.
A heatstroke can cause damage to vital organs of the body such as the brain and lead to death. Elder people (above 50) are at a greater risk to be affected by a heat stroke. Heat exhaustion, heat cramps and fainting may also lead to heat stroke.
The good news is that in many cases, heat stroke is preventable. By adopting a few tips, it can easily be prevented. These tips are listed below:
- Wear loose fitting clothing. You should feel comfortable in your clothes, excessive clothes or tight fitting costumes would not allow your body to cool.
- Take protection against UV radiations. UV radiations also affect the body’s ability to cool itself. Therefore, always keep a hat and sunglasses with you. Use sunscreen on your face and exposed body parts.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Always keep a water bottle with you when going outside home. Drink other fluids such as juices.
- Never stand for too long in the sunlight. Also, do not leave anyone in a parked car
- Do not engage in strenuous activity during hot hours of the day.
- If you take regular medications for any health condition then consult your doctor. Discuss with your doctor and observe extra care.