WHAT MIGHT THE DOCTOR DO?
Once in the hospital, an examination is done,
and blood tests are carried out to assess the level of salts
in the blood.
Treatment of heat stroke is usually carried out
in a critical care unit. The body temperature is lowered by
sponging the body with tepid water or loosely wrapping the person
in a wet sheet and placing him or her near a fan. Intravenous
fluids are given. Once the body temperature has been reduced
to 100 degree F(38 degree), these cooling
procedures are stopped to prevent hypothermia (below) from developing.
Monitoring is still carried out continuously to make sure that
the body temperature returns to normal level and that the
vital organs are functioning normally. In some severe cases,
mechanical ventilation may be required to help breathing.
Most people with heat exhaustion recover in a
few hours if they are moved to a cooler place and fluids are
gradually replaced. If heat stroke is treated promptly, most
people usually recover after a few days of bed rest, although
their body temperature may fluctuate for several weeks afterwards.
CAN IT BE PREVENTED?
Heat-related disorders can be largely prevented
by avoiding strenuous exertion in the heat of the day, spending
as much time as possible in the shade, consuming large quantities
of liquids, and avoiding alcoholic beverages.
HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT AND REMEDIES
The following homoeopathic medicines can be given
according to the totality of symptoms.
Heat Cramps: Belladonna, Natrum
mur., Colocynth, Cuprum met. & China
Heat Exhaustion: Natrum carb., Selenium, Gelsemium & Lachesis
Sun (Heat) Stroke: Glonine,
Natrum carb., Belladonna, Lachesis, Amyl nit. Q for inhalation.
Here are some useful indications:
1. Aconite: - It is the best remedy when the cause
is lying with head exposed to the direct rays of sun. Patient
< after sleep. There is faintness and dizziness.
2. Antimonium crud:
- All symptoms seem to center around the mind and the stomach,
< from the heat of sun, warm air, hot drinks, motion, and
bodily exertion > rest, air, hot bath or applied heat.
3. Belladona: - Violent
shooting pains in head which come and go suddenly making the
patient scream. Heat about the head with cold feet. Blood shot
eyes and visible throbbing of the carotids.
4. Bryonia: - Must not be forgotten in summer complaints when
great thirst for large quantity of water, amelioration from
rest and quiteness are present.
5. Carbo veg:
- Lower vitality and great foulness of all the secretions on
one side on the flatulence in the upper abdomen and constant
desire to be fanned are the main symptoms.
6. Gelsemium: - Useful
in sun-stroke, high temperature with drowsiness or tendency
to coma, thirstlessness.
7. Glonine: - A most
valuable remedy for effects of sun- stroke, great remedy for
congestive headaches, hyperaemia of the brain from excess of
8. Lachesis: - One of
our best remedies for sun-headaches. Effects of hot weather,
patient < after sleep, faintness, dizziness.
9. Lycopodium: - Flatulence
or heaviness immediately after eating < towards evening,
summer complaints, > un- covering and on getting cold.
10. Natrum carb.: -Chronic effects of
sun- stroke; now, with return of hot weather, suffers from headache.
Excellent for debility and exhaustion caused by heat of summer;
for headache caused by sun, gas-light
and from slightest mental exertion; chronic effects of sun-stroke
like headache etc.
11. Natrum mur.: - This tissue remedy
in the 6x potency proves excellent in sun-stroke and other summer
12. Nux Moschtata:
- Tendency to faint, drowsiness, great dryness without thirst
are the special indications of Nux Mos. In summer complaints.
& DR. (Mrs.) Renu Juneja
Bhushan Homoeopathic Clinic
Kanwal Cinema Road, Near
BATHINDA (Pb.) 151005