India’s summer months are associated with sweltering heat and high humidity. With every year seeing a rise in temperature and breaking previous records of high temperature, heat stroke is rising. Global warming to be blamed for more severe summers where temperature hovers more than 40 degrees Celsius takes its toll on the health of those who do day-to-day activities under severe heatwave conditions. The rising temperature with high humidity levels can be catastrophic, and many succumb due to excessive heat.

Above all, school vacations and wedding season keep people moving from one place to another in hordes, and the excessive heat can bring healthcare challenges for many.

Heat stroke is a common occurrence during the summer, and severe complications may lead to death. Relentless heat for days affects day-to-day activities, and it is a challenge for those with no option but to work outside.


A person suffering from heat stroke may show the following symptoms: high body temperature, headache, dizziness, nausea, and ultimately passing out. Heavy sweating, palpitation, blisters, etc., can be the other associated symptoms. Stomach issues related to diarrhea and dysentery are commonly associated with heat stroke. Untreated heatstroke is likely to damage the brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles.


The medical fraternity advises various precautionary measures during the unabated heat wave during the summer months. While venturing out, one must remember the following things: wearing loose cotton clothes and using an umbrella. Staying dehydrated and carrying safe drinking water is strongly recommended. It is recommended that children and older people do not venture out when the heat levels are at their peak.

Resting intermittently and not working hard during the heat wave will help somewhat alleviate the crisis.

Having said so, it is not recommended that cut fruits and juices be sold openly on the streets as this may lead to diarrhea and dysentery, adding to the heat woes.

Keeping a tab

Taking proper precautions before venturing will help prevent heat stroke. Keeping an update on the weather forecast will also help many avoid venturing during the heat, especially in the afternoon. In case of urgency, a person suffering from a heat stroke should be taken to a nearby hospital/clinic for medical intervention.

Avoiding street food, drinking clean water, and wearing comfortable clothes will prevent specific health issues associated with hot weather. Having oral rehydration solution at regular intervals will bring much-needed relief.

Passersby need to be careful if someone passes out while walking on the road. Quick medical intervention and hospitalization can help in the scenario, and lives can be saved.