Sunstroke: Symptoms and Treatment at Home

The summer is approaching in full swing! Our bodies already seem to be sensing it, with the number of ice creams and cool drinks we are craving for. Don’t forget to enjoy the brightness and bountiful energy of summers, but hey, the heat could be a real problem too. One of the major problems faced by many is exposure to too much heat which could result in sunstroke.
Sunstrokes are known to hit you before you could even sense it, hence it’s important to know the symptoms, instant treatment, and prevention. This would help you keep yourselves and loved ones at bay from the harsh effects of the summer sun.

Primary Symptoms of Sun Stroke

Heat stroke is also called as sunstroke. One of the first symptoms you could look out for if you suspect someone has the onset of a sunstroke will be:

  • Flushed and red skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Rapid breathing
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • A throbbing headache

Other severe symptoms causing full-fledged sunstroke could include

  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorientation
  • Coma

So what do you do if somebody exposed to the sun has these classic symptoms of sunstroke? The first thing to remember, do not panic!
For severe cases, receive prompt medical treatment. However, for mild cases, you could try the following Home remedies for sunstroke.

Home remedies to treat sunstroke



  • Yogurt – half a cup
  • Chilled water – a full cup
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Curry leaves and cumin powder – for garnish

Method: Blend all the above ingredients except the curry leaves and garnish at the end. Drink as many glasses as you want in a day.
How it works: This hydrates and cools the body. The calcium content and Probiotics in the drink also ensure your digestion works great.

Onion juice


  • Onion juice – a few teaspoons
  • Honey – 1 teaspoon

Method: Mix the ingredients and you can apply them to your body for cooling. You can consume a teaspoon of the above mixture around twice a day.
How it works: Onion is known for its cooling properties. They also help build immunity.

Aam Panna (Unripe mango drink)


  • The pulp of raw mango – 2 teaspoons
  • Chilled water – 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Black salt – a pinch

Method: Blend the ingredients and consume a cold drink. IT’s yummy, refreshing and has amazing cooling properties, helping you get rid of your sunstroke symptoms easily.
How it works: Provides the necessary electrolytes and the cooling benefits of mango.

Juice of mint and coriander leaves


  • Coriander and mint leaves – a bunch each
  • Chilled water – 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Method: Extract juice of coriander and mint. Mix it will cold water, add sugar and consume a cold drink.
How it works: Mint and coriander are known for their cooling properties and remove nausea. They also aid digestion. A drink twice a day will set you right.

Sandalwood paste

This is aromatic and a great stress buster as well!


  • Sandalwood paste – ¼ of a cup

Method: You can make a thin paste of sandalwood mixing a few teaspoons of sandalwood powder with water. Apply all over the body and remove after a few minutes.
How it works: This will leave you absolutely rejuvenated. The cooling properties of sandalwood will ease your symptoms immediately.

Tamarind water


  • Tamarind pulp – a few teaspoons
  • Water – a cup
  • Sugar/honey – a teaspoon.

Method: Boil the tamarind pulp after diluting in water for a few minutes and cool down. Strain, add sugar and chill.
How it works: Consuming one glass a day will help you gain the benefits of tamarind. You get a lot of nutrients and electrolytes.
We hope you will be able to enjoy the benefits of summer and stay hydrated. The above are simple home remedies if you suspect heat stroke and also to avoid them. Do consult professional medical help always for best results.

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