Kerala scorching in intense summer heat! DMO lists out measures to avoid Sunstroke

It’s not advised to keep water in hot plastic bottles as the chances of water getting mixed with cancerous substances from the bottle is high.

Kerala is reeling under an intense heat wave with mercury scaling up in most places across the state. Sunstroke cases are being reported from various parts of Kerala. Calling for taking precaution against exposure to scorching sun, District Medical Officer has listed out measures to avoid sunstroke.

The best way to avoid sunstroke is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Sunstroke occurs when your body’s cooling systems cannot keep your body cool. As your temperature rises, your body reacts by sweating. When this sweat evaporates, it cools your body. When this cooling system fails due to dehydration, your body is overwhelmed by excess heat and that’s when sunstroke occurs. Body needs lot of water to stay cool. So make sure your body stays hydrated. Even though there is no feeling of thirst, it is advisable to drink water in good quantity.

Those who work under direct sun should take rest under the shade at regular intervals and drink lots of water frequently. Parents should not allow their children to play under the sun, as children are more prone to sunstroke. Travelling under hot sun is also not advisable. If you are inside the house, make sure your doors and windows are open so that fresh air can sweep in.

It’s not advised to keep water in hot plastic bottles as the chances of water getting mixed with cancerous substances from the bottle is high when it’s hot. To satiate thirst, drink only cool water and Synthetic drinks, colas and squashes should be avoided.

If you experience slight discomfort on skin, then you should stay away from the sun and apply wet cloth.  In case of blisters, it should not be allowed to open and a doctor should be consulted immediately.

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