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The sun is blazing, read how to keep that sunstroke away

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Mercury levels are rising hitting new records in most parts of the country. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are seeing temperatures touch never before numbers and the situation is likely to continue or worsen. With deaths being reported due to heat waves, met departments at both, national and state levels are issuing warnings to citizens. In this summer, be careful about sunstroke that is a direct result of the heatwave. Here is all you need to know

Girls cover their faces to protect themselves from scorching heat in Allahabad

How to identify a sunstroke?

Identifying symptoms on time can save a life. Look out for signs and help those in need. Symptoms include throbbing headache, increased pulse rate, dryness of the mouth, massive dehydration, partial or complete unconsciousness.

What you should do

When you experience any of the above symptoms move to a cool, shady place away from the sun. If you see anyone suffering from a sunstroke shift them to a place away from direct sun. First aid includes keeping the body wet by wiping it with a wet cloth. immediate consumption of salted buttermilk, coconut water, glucose or ORS water can bring some relief. Shift the person suffering from a sunstroke to the nearest hospital or health care centre.

How to save yourself from a sunstroke

Met departments of most states have advised citizens to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary to step outdoors. Citizens are advised to use cap, umbrella, scarves to cover their heads. Wearing light clothes, preferably cotton may help. Keeping oneself hydrated is of prime importance and carrying a bottle of water when stepping outdoors is advised. Heatwave affects people who are intoxicated faster and hence, it is advisable to keep away from intoxicating drinks.

While sunstroke can be dangerous and fatal, preventive measures can ensure protection from the same.

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