How to Treat Sunstroke
Sunstroke is a condition in which an individual is overcome by congestion of the membranes of the brain and nerves through the direct rays of the sun — burning and irritating the cell structures of the body, and thus producing a condition of convulsion and unconsciousness.
Treatment for Sunstroke
• If you feel that you have suffered from sunstroke, get yourself out of the sun as soon as possible. If it is possible, get inside an air-conditioned building. If not, at least go under some shade.
• The next thing that you need to do is remove as much of your clothing as is possible, especially your shoes, socks and hats. This is because such clothes make the heat remain trapped inside.
• Now, drink lots and lots of water and other fluids, except alcohol and caffeinated beverages. However, you don’t need to gulp it all down, in one go. Rather, sip as much as you can take in.
• After sitting in the shade for a few minutes, it is the time to take a cool shower. If it is not possible to have a bath, at least apply water to your forehead, neck, face and arms.
• Now, lie down on a flat surface and place a cool, damp cloth over your forehead. Elevate your feet, above your head, allowing blood to circulate and get rid of headache and dizziness.
• In sunstroke, the body does not only lose fluids, but salts as well. Replenish the same by drinking a sports drink especially formulated with electrolytes or eating something salty.
• You should start feeling better by this time. However, if this is not the case and you are still not feeling comfortable; it is advisable to seek immediate medical attention.