Stay hydrated to avoid sun stroke this summer, say doctors

Mercury is soaring and people should avoid extended exposure to the sun as they’re likely to suffer a heat stroke. 

Published: 22nd March 2017 07:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2017 07:01 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Mercury is soaring and people should avoid extended exposure to the sun as they’re likely to suffer a heat stroke. 

Doctors from Hyderabad said that if mild forms of sun stroke effects such as cramps, exhaustion, dehydration, are not treated, it might even lead to death.

Heat is the most intense between 2 pm to 5 pm. In fact, Meteorological Department has recorded highest temperatures during those hours.

When one does not consume adequate fluids, electrolytes (Potassium, Calcium, Sodium etc), one gets exposed to heat, which the body is not acclimatized to and it leads to electrolyte imbalance, hypotension (low blood pressure), hyperprexia (body temperature crosses 106 degrees). These symptoms may cause people to faint. 

“Extreme fatigue, thirst, cramps, giddiness are signs of sun stroke. If it is unavoidable for people to go out during the afternoon, they should cover themselves to avoid the sun.

Wear light coloured clothes, made of cotton,” said Dr BSV Manjula, superintendent of Gandhi Hospital.

During peak hours, people should avoid sugar drinks and opt for salted drinks,” said Dr M Goverdhan, senior consultant, CARE Hospitals. People with jobs such as door-to-door delivery, field-level marketing agents, construction workers, traffic cops should be wary, he said. 

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