International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 45–53 | Cite as

Urinalysis of patients suffering from climatic heat stress (Sharav)

  • F. G. Sulman
  • A. Danon
  • Y. Pfeifer
  • E. Tal
  • C. P. Weller
Article

Abstract

Hot dry winds (Sharav in Israel) are notorious for causing controversial symptoms such as depression, discomfort, headaches, irritability and exacerbation of respiratory ailments. Daily urinalysis combined with study of the complaints of two hundred weather-sensitive patients suffering from Sharav have shown that there exist at least three different patterns of reaction: serotonin hypersecretion causing a general "Irritation Syndrome", catecholamine deficiency resulting in the "Exhaustion Syndrome", histamine and creatinine overproduction combined with clinical "Hyperthyroidism - Forme Fruste" and typical thyroid complaints. These syndromes are amenable to appropriate treatment controlled by urinalysis.

Zusammenfassung

Trockene heisse Wüstenwinde (Sharav in Israel) rufen eine seltsame Mischung von Symptomen hervor wie Depression, Unwohlsein, Kopfschmerzen, Reizbarkeit und Verschlimmerung respiratorischer Beschwerden. Tägliche Urinuntersuchungen kombiniert mit dem Studium der verschiedenen Beschwerden von 200 Sharav-gefühligen Personen haben gezeigt, dass drei verschiedene Reaktionsformen vorliegen: Serotonin-Ausschüttung, die zu einem allgemeinen Irritationssyndrom führt; Katecholamin-Mangel, der zu einem typischen Erschöpfungssyndrom führt; Histamin- und Kreatinin-Ausschüttung, die mit leichtem Hyperthyreoidismus einhergehen. Letzteres Syndrom bereitet dem Patienten nur an Sharav-Tagen Beschwerden. Die Syndrome sind durch gezielte und Urin-kontrollierte Behandlung heilbar.

Resume

Des vents chauds et secs provenant du désert (le Charav en Israël par exemple) sont connus pour provoquer un ensemble de symptômes particuliers tels que dépression nerveuse, indisposition, céphalées, irritabilité et aggravation des troubles respiratoires. L'analyse journalière de l'urine et l'étude des divers symptômes que présentaient 200 personnes sensibles au Charav ont montré la présence de trois formes différentes de réactions: sécrétion accrue de sérotonine qui conduit à un syndrome d'irritabilité générale; une carence en catécholamine qui se traduit par un syndrome typique d'épuisement; une sécrétion d'histamine et de créatinine parallèle à un faible hyperthyréoïdisme. Ce dernier syndrome ne provoque des troubles aux patients que durant les jours où le Charav souffle. Ces trois syndromes sont guérissables par une médication appropriée et dont l'effet est contrôlé par des analyses d'urine.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. G. Sulman
    • 1
  • A. Danon
  • Y. Pfeifer
  • E. Tal
  • C. P. Weller
  1. 1.Department of Applied Pharmacology, School of PharmacyHebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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