DOH-8 warns public vs heat-related illnesses

DOH-8 warns public vs heat-related illnesses

DOH-8 warns of heat-related illnesses as the dry season approaches in Eastern Visayas. The public is advised to take precautions to avoid heat stroke, dehydration, and other conditions that may result from prolonged exposure to hot and humid weather. Photo: DOH-8

TACLOBAN CITY – As the dry season sets in and less frequent rainfall is expected towards the end of May 2023, the Department of Health in Eastern Visayas (DOH-8) is warning the public about the potential risks of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke. 

DOH-8 advises that prolonged exposure to hot and humid weather, strenuous activities in hot weather, dehydration, and excessive sun exposure can lead to heat-related illnesses.

Certain groups are more susceptible to these conditions, including infants, the elderly, athletes, and individuals who work outside. Symptoms of heat-related illnesses can range from mild to severe and may include headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and flushed, warm skin. 

On the other hand, heat stroke symptoms can be severe, with a fever of at least 40°C, rapid heartbeat and breathing, convulsions, and unconsciousness.

To prevent heat-related illnesses, DOH-8 recommends taking frequent breaks from the heat when outdoors, drinking lots of water, wearing lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothes, using umbrellas, hats, and sleeved clothing when outdoors, and scheduling outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.

If signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses occur, DOH-8 advises moving the person to a shady spot, providing ventilation, and applying cool water to the skin. Ice packs can also be applied to the armpits, wrists, ankles, and groin. If the symptoms are severe, the person must be brought to a hospital immediately.

With rising temperatures posing health risks, taking the necessary precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses is crucial. Remember to stay hydrated, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, and take breaks when necessary. Stay safe and healthy this dry season. —iTacloban

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