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Preventing A Heat Stroke 101 – Spread The Message Now!
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Published: Jun 23, 2015

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:

1. Nausea

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2. Vomiting

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3. High Fever (40 C)

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4. Headache

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5. Muscle cramps

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6. Skin becomes hot, dry and red

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7. Altered mental state (Confusion, agitation, irritability)

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8. Not sweating even though body temperature is very high.

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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

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2. Get them to drink cool liquids (nothing with caffeine)

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3. Remove excess clothing (Socks, person wearing more than two shirts)

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4. Putting them in half a bath to lower there body temperature.

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5. Apply ice to neck, armpits, wrists, ankles and groin

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Ways in which you can prevent yourself from getting  heat stroke are:

1. Hydrate yourself make sure you aren’t dehydrated

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2. Take frequent showers or baths to keep your body temperature cool

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3.  Wear loose clothes, or clothes that keep you cool. Wear a hat!

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4. Don’t partake in strenuous activity in hot weather.

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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!