Wednesday, March 14, 2018

ILOILO – This dry season avoid getting sick. Stay away from the scorching heat of the sun, advised the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Among the usual summer illnesses are skin disorders, heat stroke and dehydration, said Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado, PHO chief.

Aside from avoiding the sun by using umbrellas, people should constantly rehydrate themselves, said Trabado.

Heatstroke is a condition caused by the body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury can occur if the body temperature rises to 40 degrees Celsius or higher. The condition is most common in the summer months.

Heatstroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage the brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing the risk of serious complications or death, according to Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group based in Rochester, Minnesota, USA.

Among the signs and symptoms of heatstroke are the following:

* alteration in sweating (the skin feels hot and dry to the touch)

* nausea and vomiting

* flushed skin

* rapid breathing

* racing heart rate

* headache

Trabado said other health challenges conditions to avoid this summer are urinary tract infection and food poisoning.

“Make sure the food you’re consuming is clean,” said Trabado.

There are a lot of fiestas during summer and food are plenty, she observed.

Anyone not feeling well should immediately see a doctor, said Trabado.

Hotter days ahead are expected as the cool northeast monsoon is expected to end, according to the Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio also said fewer rains are expected because of a weak La Niña, which represents periods of below-average sea surface temperatures and more than usual rain.

He, however, clarified that a weaker La Niña and terminated northeast monsoon do not mean dry season will be officially declared this week.

These are signs of an impending onset of the dry season, which is usually declared during the middle of March, said Aurelio./PN


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