Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause Sunstroke. During summer (April-September) Heat exhaustion is a common problem it’s not usually serious if we cool down within 30 minutes. If it leads to heatstroke, it needs to be treated as an emergency. If not given proper treatment, it can result in serious complications.
Causes of heat exhaustion:
A healthy individual body temperature remains at 98.6 degrees F or 37 degrees C in any condition. The heat produced by the body is equal to the heat loss by the body. Our thermal regulatory mechanisms maintain the body temperature within normal limits. But this balance gets disturbed by sunstroke. The body’s ability to cool down by losing heat gets affected, leading to high body temperature. It also depends upon the loss of fluid and minerals from the body. If the fluid intake is not sufficient, it leads to dehydration, which further worsens the condition. The major causes of heat exhaustion.
- Being exposed to a hot and humid climate for a long time.
- Sudden exposure to hot weather or direct sunlight
- Work in high temperatures.
- Too Less intake of water and too much clothing in a warm climate.
- Persons are likely to suffer from it again if they have a history of sunstroke
The signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion:
Signs and symptoms may vary from mild to severe, depending on the duration of exposure. In mild cases, there may be
- Headache, dizziness, vertigo, and confusion
- A high temperature of 38C or above
- Increase breathing or pulse rate
- Very thirsty, loss of appetite, and feeling sick
- Excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
- Cramps in the arms, legs, and stomach
The symptoms are often the same in adults and children, although children may become floppy and sleepy.
How to care If someone has heat exhaustion:
- Move them to a cool place.
- Get them to lie down and raise their feet slightly.
- Get them to drink plenty of water. Sports or rehydration drinks are OK.
- Cool their skin – spray or sponge them with cool water and fan them. Cold packs around the armpits or neck are good, too.
- Stay with them until they’re better.
They should start to cool down and feel better within 30 minutes.
Signs and symptoms of Heatstroke/Sunstroke
Heatstroke can be very serious if not treated quickly. The signs and symptoms of sunstroke are more severe and need immediate medical attention.
feeling unwell after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water
- A high temperature of 40C or above.
- not sweating even feeling too hot.
- Throbbing headache.
- Nausea and vomiting may also occur.
- Fast breathing or shortness of breath.
- Feeling confused.
- A fit (seizure).
Put the person in the recovery position if they lose consciousness while you’re waiting for help.
Preventive measures for heat exhaustion and heatstroke
There’s a high risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke during hot weather.
To help prevent heat exhaustion or heatstroke:
This will also prevent dehydration and help your body keep itself cool.
Keep an eye on children, the elderly, and people with long-term health conditions (like diabetes or heart problems) because they’re more at risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Homeopathic Treatment for Sunstroke
Sunstroke is a serious condition that needs immediate medical intervention. The following homeopathic remedies have a good effect on the treatment of sunstroke. Glonoinum, Amyl Nitrosum, Belladonna, Gelsemium, Lachesis and Natrum Carb
1. Glonoinum: First-grade homeopathic remedy for sunstroke
Glonoinum is a mostly indicated remedy for patients has a severe congestive headache with a throbbing sensation. Sensations of pulsation throughout the body. Heaviness in the head but cannot lay it on a pillow and a feeling that the head would burst. In most cases, the pain in the head may get better after a long night’s sleep.
2. Amyl Nitrosum: An Important remedy for sunstroke with redness in the face.
Amyl Nitrosum is mostly prescribed for Sunstroke in patients who have redness on the face. The key feature of this medicine is a sudden and intense rush of blood to the head and face. The patient may complain of palpitations of the heart as well.
3. Belladonna: Patients with the intense heat, congestion of the head and face
Belladonna patients will experience a burning sensation on the face, a severe congestive headache, and redness in the eyes. Patient sensitive to light, noise, touch, and jar. The sensorium is violently excited.
4. Gelsemium: For Sunstroke with Cerebral hyperemia
Gelsemium is indicated when the patient feels dull and drowsy. Pain in the base of the brain and in the back of the neck. Head so heavy that cannot be lifted from the pillow. Gelsemium works well when there is dizziness drowsiness, dullness, and trembling.
5. Lachesis: For Sunstroke in Patients with a very pale face
Lachesis is an important remedy for a patient who gets a pale face with sun headaches. Excellent for treating headaches from sun exposure especially if they are worse on the left side. The individual feels worse after waking from sleep and feels faint and dizzy.
6. Natrum Carb: First-grade remedy for sunstroke
Natrum Carb is extremely beneficial for Sunstroke when the patient is susceptible to a change in temperature. One for sensitive people who always seem to get headaches from being in the sun. He may complain of tiredness and extreme weakness due to hot weather. It is a well-indicated medicine for the chronic effects of sunstroke. In most cases, the complaints may get worse with little exertion.