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Common Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

Let not the summer abandon you in the dizzying heights of absolute heat exhaustion

 

With heatwaves lurking on the horizon, heat cramps and heatstroke poise on the two extremes of the scale of heat exhaustion. Identifying the prevalent and mild signs of heat exhaustion might save you from the more fatal turns unless your body is replenished with the right resources to cope with the sweltering heat.

 

Pale and Moist Skin, often with Goosebumps

 

Moistness and unusually cold skin are the unarguable signs of heat exhaustion the chances of which are potentially increased by variables such as certain drug consumption, age, obesity, inappropriately dressing and sudden fluctuations in temperature. 

 

Pale and clammy skin, which could be the early signs of heatstroke, could be averted by clothing appropriately, taking precautionary measures with medicines, avoiding asphyxiating and closed environments and partaking in strenuous work-out sessions. 

 

Sustained Palpitation and Rapid Pulse Rate

The strain of Indian summers is felt most cruelly on the heart and the problem can be compounded with certain medications that meddle with heat regulation and normal functioning of the heart. 

 

Hydration is the simplest and primary step to control irregular heartbeat since it facilitates easy pumping of blood to the muscles. If you are habituated to exercising outdoors and low key symptoms of fluttering and palpitation, stay indoors or be well-prepared before stepping out.

 

Pinching Muscle and Abdominal Cramps 

 

Albeit brief, heat cramps are intensely painful muscle cramps or spasmodic movements that appear when your muscles are most fatigued by heavy labour. Generally, calves, shoulders and thighs are worst vulnerable to heat-induced muscle cramps. Your body gets cramps more when it is lacking in nutrition and moisture.

 

Painful cramps can be easily remedied at home with an adequate intake of lemon water as the drink is replete with potassium, sulphur and sodium and coconut water. A brief rest should do well to soothe the muscles.

 

Heat-Induced Throbbing Headache

 

Episodic or bouts and even prolonged headaches are typically indicative of dehydration. If you have been exposed to higher temperatures without the optimum amount of moisture, your body tends to profusely sweat. This loss of moisture unless replenished fast can soon lead to headache and, in extreme cases, migraine.

 

With the soaring temperature, to relieve and prevent the occurrence of pounding headaches, integrate liquid into diet besides using head wraps or an umbrella when outdoors, being punctual with meals and immediately resorting to drinks when the early signs of severe headache start showing.

Puja Sinha

Coffee addict. Daydreamer. Hitchcock Fan. A post-grad in English Literature, Puja is a forever enthusiast of traversing long distances by rail. Her verticals of choice are entertainment, art & society. She can be found lazing in the garden when not fidgeting over deadlines.
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