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Monday , April 28 , 2014
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Mercury multiplies health woes
Heat strokes shoot up

Thirty-year-old bank executive Sameer Kumar suddenly woke up with a stomach upset on Saturday. Then, he went on vomiting

A medical representative, Ratan Nag, was down after a heat stroke on Sunday when he returned home in the afternoon after meeting a client

A middle-aged vegetable seller at Lalpur suddenly fell unconscious on the road on Sunday afternoon. She was later rushed to nearby KC Roy Memorial hospital.

Summer, synonymous with health problems, has gone ballistic in an unusually hot and blistering April.

Since Monday last week, the mercury meter has been soaring fast.

While on April 21 Ranchi’s maximum temperature clocked 36.6°C, over the week the mercury meter inched towards 40°C.

Jamshedpur, on the other hand, has been scorching past 40°C for the last few days.

Doctors across Ranchi and Jamshedpur confirmed the sudden surge in the temperature was having ill effects on health.

“The abnormal change in temperature is bound to make one ill,” said medical superintendent of Apollo hospitals P.D. Sinha.

He said there was a definite surge in heat-related disorders.

“I cannot give exact figures, but scores of patients are flocking to us daily. Heat stroke, diarrhoea and bronchial allergy are common,” he added.

Few cases of fungal infections and influenza due to fluctuating temperatures are also being reported, said the medical superintendent.

Bariatu-based physician Dr H.P. Narayan couldn’t agree more with Sinha.

“Because of this excessive heat, metabolic problems get aggravated. Most patients coming to me are diagnosed with water-borne diseases, something that is very common in the summers. Problems such as dehydration and stomach infection will only increase in the days to come,” he added.

Jamshedpur-based doctors echoed similar opinions.

Heat stroke, summer diarrhoea or viral gastro-enteritis, infection in upper respiratory tracts, irritation in the urinary tract and skin allergies are some of the common diseases in summer months, they said.

“So far, the situation is not alarming, but cases of heat stroke are regular, as are those of diarrhoea,” said Telco-based physician and former doctor of Tata Motors Hospital A.K. Paul.

Dermatological problems have also become common in the heat.

“Boils, pimples, prickly heat and rashes are very common skin problems during summer. But what often goes ignored are anxiety and stress related problems that are also on the rise. There is a reason behind it. Power supply is erratic these days. So, unease due to heat is making many people, especially the elderly, suffer from anxiety,” an official at Orchid hospital’s OPD told The Telegraph.

Asked about precautions, an expert said: “Avoid direct sunlight as much as possible, minimise consumption of alcohol, drink lots of juicy food and consume salads.”

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