With the onset of summers in northern India, drinking water and keeping yourself hydrated is more than a simple beauty tip. It’s one of the most important things that you can do to protect yourself, and health experts cannot emphasise it enough.
A common and potentially life threatening health situation you need to safeguard yourself against is a heatstroke. While the condition can often be oversimplified as dehydration, there’s more to it.
Dr Manoj Sharma, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, says that simply put, a heatstroke refers to a situation where the body temperature is higher than 104 degree Fahrenheit.
Dr Sharma points out that people often have a tendency to term any dehydration related symptom a heatstroke which is incorrect.
A heat syndrome is marked by sweating profusely, fall in blood pressure, heat cramps and dehydration which can include nausea, dizziness, weakness and lethargy. However in all of this, consciousness remains normal. When confusion and unconsciousness enter the picture, it suggests a heatstroke and is cause for alarm.