Exertional heat stroke or simply heat stroke is one of the most common health problems we come across in summertime which has long been a serious concern. Heat stroke is a type of Hyperthermia, which occurs when the core body temperature of a person elevates abnormally to more than 40-degrees Celsius. Unlike other forms of hyperthermia, heat stroke is classified into two types: Classic heat stroke and Exertional heat stroke. 

Classical heat stroke is common among children and older people who are vulnerable.  Whereas, exertional heat stroke occurs when the body goes through extreme physical exercise or prolonged exposure to the hot environment.

Heat strokes can happen to anyone, and it can be fatal if not treated quickly. To make your summer cool and free of worry, here are some tips to avoid heat strokes, when you’re enjoying the outside or doing extreme work out in the hot weather. 

Wear loose fitting and light weight clothing 

Wearing loose and light clothes helps the body lose heat and cool down quickly. Tight clothing traps the body’s heat and increases body temperature. Never wear dark colored clothing as they absorb the heat more readily than the light ones. 

Drink plenty of liquids

Dehydration can increase your body temperature. So, drinking water or most any kind of fluid can be a great way of preventing the issue. Hydrating your body is one of the best means of preventing heat strokes. 

Use protections when going outside 

‘Precaution is better than cure.’ Use sunglasses to prevent your eyes from harmful UV rays and also use sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 whenever going outside. Sunburns affect the body’s cooling ability. Using these precautions can be very helpful in the summertime. 

Don’t leave anyone in a parked car      

The temperature of a parked vehicle rises by 6.7 degrees Celsius every 10 minutes. It’s not safe to leave anyone in a parked car on a warm day, even if the car is parked in the shade. Most of the child deaths related to heat strokes have been reported from car incidents. 

Eating habits 

It’s better to eat low-fat foods and salads for your meal on a hot day. Light foods are easier for the body to digest and they help the person stay hydrated. Having spicy food is also another way of keeping the sweat glands working to maintain body temperature.

This summer, protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun and heat using these tips. Did you find any of these tips useful? Let us know in the comments.