New Delhi :
Intense heat wave is taking a toll on people’s health across the country. The soaring temperature across the country has become a major concern and the Met department has issued red alert in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Maharashtra for the coming days. Red alert is the highest level warning for heat, as per Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
One of the worst consequences of such severe weather condition is Heat Stroke. It is a medical emergency and results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures (40 deg C) or physical exertion -- usually in combination with dehydration.
Experts say that, if left untreated, this condition can affect vital organs and can prove fatal in severe cases. Recently there were number of fatalities across the country especially in North part of India due to blazing heat. Phalodi, a town off the Bikaner-Jaisalmer highway in west Rajasthan recorded an all-time high temperature at 50.5 degrees Celsius and Ahmedabad broke 100 years record with temperature settling at 48 degrees.
Besides, the national capital is also sizzling at over 45 degrees Celsius. Medical experts advise to avoid exposure to direct sunlight, especially during afternoons from 12 to 4 PM.
The symptoms of Heatstroke:
Dr Raman Abhi, Additional director of a leading hospital has given some of the tips to prevent Heatstroke:
Dr Daljeet Kaur, Head Nutritionist says when you feel heat stroke rush to a shed and avoid immediate contact with AC air. Let the body come to a normal temperature and keep your body hydrated to avoid sunstroke. Keep drinking water and cover your head. Avoid taking bath immediately after coming from heat.
Some of the drinks that will help avoid heatstroke: