Summer ailments from sun and heat


Sunburn

Sunburn is a radiation burn that affects mostly skin. It results from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation – most commonly the sun, but also other sources such as tanning beds in solariums. Sunburn occurs when the amount of UV radiation your skin is exposed to is more than its ability to protect itself with melanin – the pigment that gives our skin its colour and acts to absorb UV radiation before it can damage skin cells.

The symptoms of sunburn vary from person to person. You may not notice redness of the skin for several hours after the burn has sunburnbegun. Peak redness will take 12-24 hours. Minor sunburns typically cause nothing more than slight redness and tenderness to the affected areas. In more serious cases, blistering can occur. Extreme sunburns can be painful to the point of debilitation and may require hospital care.

Treating sunburn includes effective actions to prevent further damaging of the skin. Sunburn can lead to permanent skin damage and sometimes it may result in skin cancer if not treated in the right time.

Most common homeopathic remedies for sunburn include:

Cantharis 6 or 30 – sunburn with rawness and smarting, followed by undue inflammation. The person feels better from cold applications.

Hypericum 6 – the burned area may be covered with Hypericum lotion.

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke, also known as sunstroke, is a medical condition when the body’s temperature rises above 40.6 C due to environmental heat exposure with lack of thermoregulation. The body loses its ability to cool itself and overheats. Heat stroke is different from fever, where the body deliberately raises its temperature in response to, for example an infection.

Symptoms of heat stroke include red and hot skin, high temperature (above 40.6 C according to Emergency Medicine Australia), lack of sweating, dehydration, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, coordination problems, confusion and others.heatstroke

Treatment of heat stroke includes rapid mechanical cooling, where the body temperature must be lowered immediately. The patient should be moved to a cool area to promote heat loss. Hydration is very important part of the treatment, preferably with rehydration solutions such as isotonic drinks (sport drinks) or oral rehydration solution. In exercise or heat induced dehydration, electrolyte derangement can result and may actually be worsened by excessive consumption of water (water intoxication or dilutional hyponatremia). Absorption is rapid and complete in most patients, but if the patient is confused, unconscious, or unable to tolerate oral fluid, intravenous rehydration & electrolyte replacement (via a drip) may be necessary.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you see somebody with heat stroke call for an ambulance straight away.

Most common homeopathic remedies for heat stroke (sunstroke) include:

Glonoine 30 – with throbbing headache. Face is flushed and sweating.

Belladonna 30 – throbbing headache. Hot dry skin without thirst. Delirium. Dilated pupils.

Ant Crud 30 – Giddiness as if the patient has been drinking.

Please note that homeopathic prescriptions are based on totality of symptoms and prescriptions that do not consider all circumstances are often not so effective. It is therefore highly advisable to contact a trained homeopath if you seek assistance with this complaint.

Also, this article is for your information only and is not supposed to replace a qualified medical advice. If your symptoms persist, do not hesitate to contact either a registered homeopath or your local medical practitioner.

References

Isaac Golden, The Treatment of Simple Everyday Conditions