Beat the Heat: Preventing Summer Heat Illness
Summer is really here. You can feel the heat even if its 7 o'clock in the morning. Summer heat waves can be very dangerous. When you are exposed to too much heat your body temperature increases and this can damage the brain and other vital organs. Some health conditions can make it harder for the body to stay cool in hot weather. These include obesity, old age, dehydration, heart disease, fever, drug and alcohol use, etc.
In engaging into summer activities, our health should be our main priority. We should always protect our health when temperatures are very high specially this summer:
- Drink plenty of water. When it’s hot, drinking plenty of water will help remove toxins from your body through sweating. Drinking water will also keep your body hydrated. You can also drink juice and sport drinks but avoid drinking caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) and alcohol.
- Stay in a cool air conditioned area. The best way to beat the heat is to stay in areas or places that are breezy and fresh. If you don’t have an air conditioner, you can go to a shopping mall or public building for a few hours. Also, the best way to stay cool is to take a cool shower or bath.
- Always use sunscreen. If you are in a direct sun, use a sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. You should follow the packaging directions to avoid a more serious illness. Reapply every 2 hours while in the sun.
- Wear light garments. When at home, wear as little clothing as possible. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting garments. When you’re in a direct sunlight, a brimmed hat/cap or an umbrella will keep you head cool.
If you experience heat stroke, heat cramps heat exhaustion or major sunburn; it’s better to go to the nearest clinic or doctor to get immediate medication. It’s better to be always ready from any summer illness. In this way we will fully enjoy your summer.
Prevention is better than cure.