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Heat Exhaustion v/s Heat Stroke

The world is a pack of diversities. People are diverse in nature, attitude, value, lingual,

traditions, and religions or in believes. Similarly, people are too differing with their body

traits such as colour, height, weight, and body structure, temperature etc. Heat related illness may

depend differently on everyone’s body and according to their temperature scale. Heat stroke or

heat exhaustion occurs when your body is not able to cool itself. The process of sweating helps

human body to stay cool such as when body temperature rises, the sweating process helped it to

set-down again. Sweat evaporates in air and normalise the body temperature. But it becomes

exhausted when the increased moisture in the air creates hurdles for sweat to evaporate and

disable it to make your body cooler, mainly in hot days and become ill!

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion may work on the same illness, but regarding to their intensity,

heat stroke is more serious than heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion occurs when body gets too exhausted and its temperature is increased (increased

temperature may gets your body too hot). It may get after tough exercise or because of increased

weather temperature. If a person is suffering from heat exhaustion then following symptoms such

as heavy sweating, feeling weak and/or confused, dizziness, nausea, headache, fast heartbeat,

dark-colored urine are the indications of dehydration.

Same as ‘Heat Exhaustion’, ‘Heat Stroke’ occurs when the human body crosses its certain

temperature, such as when the body temperature reaches to 104°F. It also happens when your

body gets too much exposure of sun (because of too hot weather) or when you get exaggerated

through tough exercise. But a part of all this, heat stroke is the second stage of heat exhaustion. If

heat exhaustion is not treated correctly within its perfect time then it will transformed to HEAT

STROKE. The deceased person can be detected as suffering from high fever (104°F or higher),

severe headache, dizziness and feeling light-headed, a flushed or red appearance to the skin, lack

of sweating, muscle weakness or cramps, nausea, vomiting, fast heartbeat, fast breathing, feeling

confused, anxious or disoriented, seizures.

Summers are here and heat exhaustion or heat strokes are striking their waves, so people should

know how to deal with it. If we talk about their immediate aids; the deceased person should get

out immediately from the heat, rest in air conditioner if possible or may rest in a shady area.

Drink plenty of water or other fluids. Do not drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks (such as soda).

These can make heat exhaustion or stroke worse. Take a cool shower or bath, or apply cool water

to your skin. Take off any tight or unnecessary clothing. You can also apply ice packs to the

person’s armpits, groin, neck and back. These areas contain a lot of blood vessels close the

surface of the skin. Cooling them with ice packs can help the person cool down.

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