The body can become dehydrated which can bring with it its own set of health troubles. Sever heat can cause heat strokes and heat exhaustion that can lead to symptoms like dizziness and headaches.
New Delhi: The summer season is here and the temperatures are already hitting highs. According to the forecast, Delhi may hit a high of 42 degree Celsius this week, which is a lot in the month of April itself. According to the National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India, a heat wave is a period of abnormally high temperatures, more than normal maximum temperature, and occurs mostly between the months of March and June. With the temperatures rising at the rate that they are, the summer months of May and June are anticipated to be really hard. Not only does the summer lead to problems in performing everyday activities since the heat is so much, but it can also have a negative impact on your health and cause health issues.
The body can become dehydrated which can bring with it its own set of health troubles. Sever heat can cause heat strokes and heat exhaustion that can lead to symptoms like dizziness, headaches, fainting and others. Overheating can make symptoms of heart or breathing problems worse for people who already have them. It is important to take care of your body and make sure that the heat does not affect your health adversely. The best way to do this is to follow these 5 tips.
Avoid the heat
The easiest way to beat the heat is to avoid the sun, especially from around 11 am to 3 pm, which is the hottest part of the day. Try to stay indoors if possible, and keep the windows shut if loo is blowing. Prolonged exposure to the loo can cause heat strokes.
Take regular precautions
If you live in a region that is prone to heat waves, you must take precautions like using heavy curtains to keep the heat out, use reflectors or shades outside the windows, and keep the colour of the curtains light. These basic precautions will help to keep your house cooler and avoid overheating.
Keep your body cool and hydrated
Dehydration is one of the most common effects of a heat wave. You must take cool showers, or splash water on your face and arms to keep the body cool. You must also drink plenty of fluids like water, fruit juices, lemonade and others to keep the body hydrated and cool. Hydration helps in weight loss, keeping the heart healthy and in ensuring that all body functions are performed well.
Wear comfortable clothing
Even when you step out, make sure you take all measures to keep the impact of heat on yoru body at the minimum. Wear loose, comfortable, thin clothes. Fabrics like cotton and linen work the best since they absorb the sweat and are soft. Try to cover your head with a cap or hat to keep the head from becoming too warm. Carry and wear sunglasses to keep your eyes safe if you go out during the peak hours of the sun.
Be aware of symptoms of heat strokes and heat exhaustion
Symptoms of heat strokes and heat exhaustion are:
- Chest pain
- Excessive thirst
If you or anyone else experience these symptoms, try to keep them hydrated and take them to a doctor at the earliest.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.