Heat-related illnesses on the rise
LUCKNOW: People exposed to heat experience sudden fatigue and many experience temporary dizziness, according to doctors at the state capital.
“At least 70 patients with heat-related illnesses arrive at the emergency room every 24 hours. Heat stroke, dehydration and high fever are common symptoms,” said Dr Samir Misra, Senior Professor at King George’s Medical University.
“Most of those who get heat stroke are in the middle age group, which is also the working age group. A few who arrived at the hospital with heatstroke had to be admitted,” said Sunil Yadav, chief pharmacist at the civil hospital.
“It basically happens due to a sudden change in temperature. People who stay in air-conditioned rooms/offices and move around to work without taking the necessary precautions, like waiting a few minutes near the exit to allow the body to s ‘acclimatize to outdoor heat and those with insufficient water intake suffer from heat-related problems,’ said Dr PK Gupta, Past President, IMA, Lucknow.
Lucknow’s maximum temperature for the past few days has been above 40 degrees Celsius and peak scorcher time is between 10am and 4pm. “It is during this period that most people need to go out to work. Many complained that despite taking precautions, they felt nauseous in the sun,” Dr Gupta said.
Patients suffering from heat related illnesses are reaching various hospitals including Balrampur, Civil and BRD hospitals. Dr. Rama Srivastava, Senior Gynecologist, said: “Although heat has no direct impact on the fetus, if exposed to the sun for a long time, pregnant women can have a negative impact. There is a risk of abortion.
what you can do
Doctors say keeping the body hydrated is the best way to beat the heat. “Make sure your water intake is adequate and at regular intervals during the day and that you have a balanced diet to maintain high body resistance,” says Dr. Rama Srivastava.
Although children and the elderly stay indoors most of the day, they too need to stay hydrated. Therefore, fruit consumption and water consumption should be appropriate for all family members, including children, adults, men and women, said Dr. Abhishek Shukla, Secretary General of the Association of International Physicians.
# Cover the body with cotton clothing so as to reduce direct exposure to the sun, especially on the face
# Wait a few minutes when exiting the AC room. Or turn off the air conditioning in the room a few minutes before leaving
# If you go out of the office or home and have to work in the sun for a while, turn off the car air conditioning
# Drink water before leaving the house or office