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Watch Out For Signs Of Heat Stroke

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With scorching temperatures ranging from 37 to 39 degrees Celcius, Manila is a virtual furnace. While summer is the perfect time to head outdoors for some fun in the sun, in this heat, we all should be wary of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Here are the signs you should watch out for, according to the Department of Health:

HEAT EXHAUSTION

Intense thirst
Dehydration
Weakness or discomfort
Dizziness or fainting
Anxiety
Headaches

HEAT STROKE

Core body temperature is 40°C or more
Skin is hot and dry
Rapid heartbeat
Convulsions
Deliriums
Loss of consciousness, or coma

To prevent these heat-related illnesses, here are some sun-safe tips you should remember:

KEEP HYDRATED.

During these summer months, we sweat more so we have to drink more. Dehydration is a real danger so make it a point to drink fluids regularly, especially when you’re outdoors. However, refrain from drinking soda, coffee, tea or alcohol as these can lead to dehydration. Drink water instead. It’s advisable to bring a bottle of water with you wherever you go.

LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE.

Stay away from the sun and stay in indoors, preferably in a well ventilated area, from 11am to 3pm. When outdoors, wear a hat or use an umbrella.

TAKE FREQUENT SHOWERS.

Body temperatures can dangerously increase in extreme heat. Keep cool by taking cool showers whenever needed.

AVOID STRENUOUS EXERCISES.

Strenuous exercises cause body temperatures and pulse rates to rise faster. However, while it is still okay to workout, try to do it early in the morning or late in the afternoon where temperatures are relatively cooler. And remember: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

For a quick guide, refer to this infographic by the Department of Health:

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Main photo: home-care-plus.com

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