It usually occurs when body is exposed to extreme heat, especially when excess clothing is worn and while working in closed, badly ventilated rooms. Symptoms are – fainting, cold and damp skin and feeble or rapid pulse rates. But most cases recover.
The patient should be moved to a cool place and given a brisk rubbing with a cloth dipped in cold water.
Lemon juice with honey added to hot water will provide the energy required and should be given periodically.
A cold chest pack will stimulate the heart, promoting normal circulation.
A cold compress on the forehead is useful.
- If the body temperature is below normal, then the legs should be wrapped with cloth dipped in hot water with a blanket over it.