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Jun 12, 2007 at 05:05pm IST

What you should know about heat stroke

New Delhi: Your body works best at 37.5 degrees Celsius, and that is preferably in the shade. However, you can't ignore the weather.

The mercury rose up to 45 degrees Celsius this season putting you at danger of heatstroke, especially if you find yourself outdoors during the day.

And heat stroke is not something to be taken lightly. It is a medical emergency that can prove fatal.

“Heat stroke can be quite similar to a heart attack, but it may also include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle cramps, dizziness and confusion,” says Internal Medicine, Apollo Hospital, Dr Suranjit Chatterjee.

So how can a heat stroke victim be assisted?

The first thing to do is get a victim of heat stroke to cool down. Move the victim to the shade, loosen the clothing, and try and spray them with cool water.

Dehydration also leads to heat stroke, so make sure you get heat stroke victims to drink some water. And of course it is essential to call a doctor for help.

But what can you do before it gets to this stage? After all, you can't always stay out of the sun.

The doctors recommend that you're outdoors and at risk of heat stroke, don't forget to drink lots of water, nariel pani, and juices. But stay away from alcohol, colas and cold coffees, which may lead to dehydration.

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