- Heat Stroke
Heat stroke, a severe form of hyperthermia, occurs when the human body absorbs more heat than it can dissipate. This is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention.
Health Tip: It is important to lower the temperature of the body, hence immerse yourself in ice if you have too or take a cold shower. You can prevent heat stroke by wearing loose and light clothes, drink water and do not exert yourself during summer.
- Heat Cramps Symptoms
Muscle pains or spasms usually occur in the abdomen, arms or legs. Spasms usually occur in coordination with strenuous physical activity.
Health Tip: Rest in a cool place. Drink clear juice or electrolyte-enriched drinks. Do not go back to strenuous activity even after cramps subside since it may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
- Heat Exhaustion Symptoms
Heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, fainting, muscle cramps, fainting.
Health Tip: Rest. Have cool non-alcoholic beverages, a cool shower, bath or sponge bath. Use light clothing.
- Dehydration Symptoms
Dry mouth and eyes, dry skin, a condition where sweating nearly stops, muscle cramps, nausea, heart palpitations and light headedness.
Prevention: Re-hydration with water, clear broths, and any other water replacements that contain electrolytes, like Gatorade.
Health Tip: Fluid replacement and control through diet and medication. Fever medication.
Skin care: Sunburn
The ultra violent radiation burns the skin when you spend long hours under direct sun. Sunburn symptoms are patches of darkened skin peeling away.
Remedy: It is recommended to stay indoors during 10am to 4pm when the sun light is at it peak.
- Mix together the juice of six peeled cucumbers, two cups powdered milk and two teaspoons dried lavender flowers.
- Apply the above paste directly on the affected areas of the skin.
- One cup of the mixture added to lukewarm water can be used as a skin smoothening balm.
Skin care: Prickly heat
Prickly heat affects everyone; it is a result of sweat and humidity that causes bacterial infection on the skin.
- Having cold showers, wearing loose clothes, putting talcum powder after a bath, applying calamine lotion on the rashes.
- Apply medicated talcum powder.
- Keep the area dry and clean.
Skin care: Foot Infection
Sweating and humidity can increase your chances of foot infection during summer.
Health Tip: There are several anti-bacterial powders available in medical stores. And scrub your feet and the toes thoroughly to wash off the bacteria. But for dire skin ailment consult a dermatologist.