Sunstroke is a syndrome that often occurs in summer when one does not bother to protect himself or herself from the sun. This sudden disruption of the human body is caused by the head and neck’s excessive exposure to sunlight. The ultraviolet rays generated by the sun produce heat that is stored in the skull, thus significantly disrupting the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. It is this imbalance that leads to the onset of sunstroke symptoms.
A sunstroke is characterized by the appearance of red patches on the skin after a prolonged exposure to sunlight. It is then followed by a substantial increase in body temperature that is not caused by fever. Among the many ailments that can occur, we can cite a feeling of heaviness, dizziness, ankylosis of the neck and, above all, a feeling of warmth in the face.
Sometimes, ringing in the ears can appear and the heart can start to beat more slowly or, on the other hand, much faster. In the most extreme cases these symptoms can also be accompanied by severe headaches, nausea, vomiting and bouts of sleepiness and dizziness. If any of these symptoms appear, treat the sunstroke immediately as it can quickly worsen the ill person’s health.
Before resorting to any treatment, it will be necessary to cool down the individual to stop hyperthermia and to provide that person with plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. If the patient is anxious, restless and does not sweat, it will be possible to administer him or her 5 granules of Aconitum napellus 15 CH every hour. If the sunstroke is characterized by headaches, vomiting and a rise in body temperature, it will be preferable to administer 5 granules of Belladonna 15 CH to the patient every hour, especially in case of profuse sweating. In case of increased fatigue and sensitivity to the cold, it is recommended to take five granules of Natrum Carbonicum 9 CH, respecting the same frequency of administration. Glanoinum 9 CH is also indicated for treating sunstroke, although this remedy is best-suited for people who suffer from severe headaches.
It is advisable for subjects who feel a sensation of intense heat, yet are not thirsty, to take 5 granules of Apis Mellifica 5 CH every hour. As for Glonoine 5 CH, it is an appropriate remedy for treating individuals suffering from sunstroke accompanied by congestion, palpitations in the neck and high blood pressure. If the subject has a sensation of numbness, it will be necessary to administer five granules of Gelsemium sempervirens 15 CH every hour, while if they feel suffocated, it will be preferable to administer 5 granules of Lachesis mutus 15 CH every hour. Finally, be aware that remedy intakes are to be spaced out according to the patient’s improving condition.
Regardless of the symptoms, it is advised to consult a doctor as early as possible, especially if the affected person is a child, a pregnant woman or an elderly person. Indeed, among these weaker subjects, sunstrokes can quickly generate complications and lead to significant brain damage, a general lethargy or, in the worst of cases, death. Regarding other patients, it is advisable to seek medical attention in the presence of nausea and continuous vomiting.
• Aconitum Napellus
• Apis Mellifica
• Gelsemium Sempervirens
• Lachesis Mutus
Good to know: Homoeopathy helps to treat sunstroke effectively. In its more severe forms, feelings of suffocation resulting from this syndrome can be alleviated by Lachesis mutus 15 CH.