Summer is the time for trips to the sea, seasonal fruits, bright-warm colors, barbecues in the park or by the beach, vacations, and more. It is always recommended to stay hydrated and wear light, bright-colored clothes, and sunblock during this season. This is especially important since families will likely spend most of their time outdoors and enjoy the warm summer sun. With the rising temperatures during the summer, our bodies may not be able to handle it. In the UAE alone, temperatures can go up to 48 degrees celsius. This exposes us to a higher risk of contracting diseases. Let’s take a look at the common diseases you can catch and ways to prevent them.
People who are exposed to the heat of the sun for a long time are at a higher risk of suffering from a heat stroke. Being under high temperatures can cause serious damage to our body and skin. So it is best to avoid working directly under the sun and during times where the temperature is at its peak. It is also recommended to drink lots of water and always stay hydrated.
Bacteria is in its most active between 44 to 60 degrees celsius, hence the risk of contracting food poisoning is relatively higher during the summer. Proper food handling and storage is essential to prevent bacterial growth in your food. Keep your food handling stations clean and tidy. Don’t forget to store your food in a dry and cool place as well. In the event of food poisoning, visit our medical center in Sharjah immediately.
Sunburn is fairly common during the summer and an effective way of preventing it is by applying sunscreen with at least UPF 50+ that helps block 98% of UVA/UVB rays. Also, avoid being under the sun during peak hours between 10 am-2 pm.
Contracting colds is not just for the winter season. You can also get it during summer when there are sudden changes in the temperature. Several viruses thrive in the heat and these can cause the common cold and flu. An effective way of preventing this is to boost your immune system. Have plenty of water and take vitamins such as ascorbic acid and vitamin C that can strengthen your body’s immune system preventing you from falling sick.
Conjunctivitis, also known as Sore Eyes or Pink eyes, is common during the summer, especially in children. Personal hygiene is crucial in preventing diseases caused by bacteria. Make it a practice for your children to wash their hands at regular intervals and after various physical activities. While there are over-the-counter medications available to treat conjunctivitis, make sure to tend to it immediately, as it is contagious and may cause complications if left untreated.
A lot of people suffer from fever during the summer and several types of diseases usually start with having a fever, as your immune system battles certain pathogens to protect your body. It also increases the risk of dehydration. Headache and muscle soreness are common symptoms of having a fever. It is recommended to carry a small medical kit with basic medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen during this time. Fevers may last between 2 days to 2 weeks; however, if it persists for longer than that, it could lead to a serious health condition. In such cases, it is best to consult our doctor, Dr. Sherouk Mandour.While summers call for vacations and relaxing, it is also imperative to place your health in top priority. Keep in good shape by eating healthy, practicing proper hygiene, and exercising regularly. This will strengthen your body and boost your resistance to any type of disease.
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