Dupatta-clad damsels and colorful umbrellas, this is the common scenario everywhere as summer is making its presence felt. However, along with that, the scorching sun is increasing the risk of heat stroke. Some of the very common heat stroke symptoms are heavy sweating, headache, cold skin, nausea, muscle cramps, weakness, and confusion. How to keep yourself safe from such a situation? Here are the ways.
1. Hydration is the key
To escape the harmful effect of summer heat, it’s important that you keep yourself hydrated. Do not wait for getting thirsty but keep taking a gulp or two at regular intervals. Make sure to avoid cold water when outside as it increases the risk of heat stroke.
2. Stay away from sudden change
You know what actually makes your body vulnerable to heat stroke? A sudden change in temperature. It’s advisable to cool yourself down before you step out in sun. For instance, if you are in an AC room, switch it off and acclimatize your body before stepping out.
3. Onion paste
Sounds weird? This vegetable is used in Rajasthan for years as a cooling agent. Besides making your food tasty, it also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-allergen properties. Applying its paste behind ears or on chest brings down body temperature. It’s also a popular remedy for heat stroke.
4. Change in attire
What you wear can also play a very important role in keeping you safe. Make sure to shift to loose cotton clothes that will help your body to ventilate easily. Avoid dark colored or silk based fabrics.
5. Keep it clean
You might have the liberty to skip the shower for days during winter but there’s no such opportunity in summer. Make sure to take a proper shower daily, if possible more than once. Staying clean helps you to avoid infections that might make you weak and increase the risk of heat stroke.
6. Avoid going out in sun
The best way to stay safe is avoiding direct sunlight by staying inside especially from 12 pm to 4 pm. However, there are professions where avoiding sunlight is not really an option. Make sure to cover up yourself properly including an eyewear of dark shade. Also, keep Aloe Vera juice handy. It helps in quickly bringing down the body temperature in case you start feeling sick due to heat.
7. Use AC moderately
Though you might think using air-conditioning all day long will help you, that’s entirely not true. Let your body feel the heat indirectly by opening windows and using the fan. Moreover, make sure to step outside once or twice with proper protection.