While a heatstroke is often simplified as dehydration, it’s more serious than that and can be fatal sometimes.
While a heatstroke is often simplified as dehydration, it’s more serious than that and can be fatal sometimes.(Photo: iStockphoto)
  • 1. Dehydration is NOT a Heatstroke
  • 2. What Happens During a Heatstroke?
  • 3. Who is More Prone to it?
  • 4. How Can We Preempt a Heatstroke and Avoid it?
Explained: What is a Heatstroke? How Do You Avoid It?

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.

  • 1. Dehydration is NOT a Heatstroke

    While a heatstroke is often simplified as dehydration, it’s more serious than that and can be fatal sometimes.
    Stay hydrated to avoid dehydration and the heat syndrome.
    (Photo: iStockphoto)

    Dr Sharma points out that people often have a tendency to term any dehydration related symptom a heatstroke which is incorrect.

    A heatstroke is a very serious condition. Sometimes what people call a heatstroke is often a heat syndrome. A heat syndrome has several symptoms.
    Dr Manoj Sharma 

    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.

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