As summer approaches and temperatures rise across the country, residents are advised to take precautions while venturing outdoors to prevent a heat stroke.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued an alert saying a heatwave would grip Karachi next week for three days from May 1-3, with temperatures to range from 40 to 42 degrees Celcius accompanied by dry and hot winds.
With Karachi expected to remain hot and dry in the coming days, we take a look at the symptoms of a heat stroke and measures that can be taken to prevent it.
What is a heat stroke?
Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures — usually in combination with dehydration — which leads to failure of the body’s temperature control system.
What are the symptoms of a heat stroke?
Those suffering from heatstroke may exhibit signs and symptoms such as:
– High temperature but without sweating
– Throbbing headache
– Dizziness and light-headedness
– Lack of sweating despite the heat
– Red, hot, and dry skin
– Muscle weakness or cramps
– Nausea and vomiting
– Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
– Rapid, shallow breathing
– Behavioural changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
Here are some measures you can take to shield yourself from a heat stroke:
– Avoid strenuous activity
– Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
– Wear a wide-brimmed hat or cap
– Use sunscreen
– Take frequent showers