What causes Heatstroke?
Heatstroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the body's temperature regulation system fails and the body overheats. The condition is most often caused by exposure to high temperatures, typically above 40°C (104°F), for a prolonged period. This leads to an increase in core body temperature, which can cause damage to vital organs and even be fatal if not treated promptly.
According to Dr. Seema Dhir, Sr. Consultant, Internal Medicine at Artemis Hospitals Gurgaon, heat stroke is usually caused by exposure to very high-grade heat due to which the body temperature can rise by 103 to 104 degrees. It most commonly occurs when a person is in a dehydrated state. Dehydration can occur due to many reasons such as inadequate fluid intake, excessive sweating, alcohol consumption, or certain medications that cause fluid loss.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- Wear loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing.
- Take frequent breaks in a cool, shaded area or indoors.
- Seek medical attention immediately if experiencing symptoms of heatstroke.
- Do not consume alcohol or caffeine.
- Do not stay outside during the hottest part of the day.
- Do not ignore symptoms of heatstroke.
Format: Healthcare News
Online Publication: The Financial Express
Date: 18th April, 2023
Inputs Shared By: Dr. Seema Dhir, Sr. Consultant, Internal Medicine at Artemis Hospitals Gurgaon