As Karachi swelters with temperature in the metropolis soaring to 41-42 degrees Celsius, residents have been advised to take precautions while venturing outdoors to prevent a heat stroke.
With Karachi expected to remain hot and dry this entire week, 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
How to prevent a heat stroke
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