Home Remedies for Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is caused by an excessive loss of body fluid and results in a rise in body temperature.

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When it is hot and humid and you participate in a physical activity, you might experience heat exhaustion, which can lead to more serious heatstroke.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Dry skin
  • Facial redness
  • Flushed skin
  • Heavy perspiration
  • High pulse rate
  • Light sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Throbbing headache

SELF TREATMENT

Following are some ways to prevent and treat heat exhaustion at home, but if you don’t respond to home treatment PDQ, it could be heatstroke and you should seek immediate medical attention.

FIRST AID

  • Get out of the sun.  If you are experiencing symptoms; stay out of the sun for several hours.
  • Stay hydrated with water sipped slowly.  You also can try an electrolyte drink like Gatorade to replace lost potassium and sodium.  You can use Pedialyte and other drinks designed for infants, or make your own electrolyte solution.
  • Cool down with water applied topically and allow it to evaporate.
  • Apply cool, wet towels and if you can, use a fan for additional cooling.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE RECOVERY

  • Artichokes for electrolytes and potassium
  • Fruit and vegetables with high water content
  • Onions

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Salt (affects sweating)
  • Smoking

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Aam Panna (a mango drink)
  • Aloe Vera Juice
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (added to juice or water) to replace lost minerals and electrolytes
  • Buttermilk and probiotics
  • Coconut water
  • Cooled tamarind tea
  • Coriander and mint juice
  • Garlic juice applied topically
  • Onion juice
  • Peppermint tea
  • Raspberry tea

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Cayenne
  • Fennel seeds
  • Sandalwood paste, topically
  • Tulsi seeds

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress.

  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary

HYDRATION

Sip room-temperature water and stay well hydrated. Make or buy an electrolyte solution to replace what you’ve lost in dehydration.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health and may exacerbate a racing pulse and rapid breathing. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Acupressure
  • Ayurveda
  • Chinese Medicine
  • EFT
  • Homeopathy–is best prescribed for your particular symptoms but a few remedies used for heat exhaustion are natrum carbonicum, selenium, gelsemium and lachesis.

CAUTIONS

Seek medical help immediately

  • If symptoms don’t improve or fever is over 102 after 30 minutes out of the sun.
  • If the person faints or has seizures.

PREVENTION

  • Acclimate to the warm weather slowly, getting out into the sun and increasing exposure over time.
  • Change your clothes if they get soaked with perspiration.
  • Move more slowly when the temperature is high.
  • Wear a hat when you are out in the sun.
  • Wear a shirt in high heat.
  • Wear breathable fabrics and light colors.

 

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