4 Health Issues to Avoid This Summer

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The summer heat has its own share of negative effects. It makes you excessively sweat, reduces the water levels in your body which causes dehydration and tiredness. In addition to this, it also creates a very hospitable environment for different kinds of bacteria to exist. 

In all this it becomes extremely crucial that we understand what the symptoms are for diseases that are more common in summer and how we can take care of ourselves. 

Below are four very common health issues that are known to be more in the summers.  

Sun Stroke

Sun Stroke or Heat Stroke is a very serious health issue, which is known to impact people in the summers. This happens when the temperature of our bodies rises to around 104 F, due to exposure to extreme heat for a very long time. Sunstroke can even be life-threatening. The symptoms of sunstroke are 

  1. Extreme Dizziness and confused state of mind
  2. Increase in pulse rate and rampant breathing 
  3. Increased sweating 
  4. Extreme thirst and cramps in the hands and legs 
  5. Seizures 

Prevention and Cure

  1. Try to stay indoors as far as possible
  2. Restrict your outdoor activities to early morning and late evening.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids, especially when you are outside. 
  4. If you feel like you are unable to subside the issue yourself then immediately reach out to the nearest health facility. 

Dehydration 

Dehydration means the lack of water in your body. This could happen anytime during the year. However, the possibility of extreme dehydration is possible during the summer months. The consistent lack of water in your body is not good for your overall health. Here are the symptoms to look out for dehydration. 

  1. Increase in thirst 
  2. Increased odor in the pee and decrease in output
  3. Dryness in the mouth, in the lips and eyes
  4. Weird taste in the mouth 

Prevention and Cure 

The best way to cope with dehydration is to take plenty of fluids. If you are unable to drink too much water, then opt for fruit juices and other drinks that will give your body the adequate amount of water it needs. 

UTI

UTI or Urinary Tract Infection is another health concern that is more common in the summer. The infection occurs when a certain bacteria gets into your urinary tract. It is more common in the summer because the high temperatures create a very hospitable environment for the bacteria to live. 

Symptoms of UTI

  1. Strong urgency to urinate
  2. Burning sensations while peeing
  3. Colored and cloudy urine

Immediately consult a doctor, if you sense any of these symptoms. The earlier the better. 

Prevention and Cure 

The best way to prevent most of these issues is to drink ample amounts of water. All of these issues are related to the water quotient in the body. But for UTI’s ensure that you use only clean toilets, especially for women. Women are more likely to get UTI as compared to men. To ensure good hygiene in the toilets at home and while outside be careful about the toilets you are using. 

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is the result of having food that is contaminated and is unfit to eat. It is very hard to identify if a certain food is contaminated because you cannot always identify through taste and smell. Most of the junk and outside food available in the roadside shops are exposed to the increased heat of the sun and they rot much faster in summer than in other seasons. Food poisoning can make your digestive system weak.

Some symptoms of food poisoning are

  1. Diarrhea
  2. Nausea and Vomiting Sensations 
  3. Headache
  4. Persistent Weakness 
  5. Mild increase in temperature

Prevention and Cure

  1. Drink ample amounts of water. During food poisoning the body loses an ample amount of water which could make you weak. Hence drink water to keep your body healthy and hydrated.
  2. Take immediate medication. Diarrhea and vomiting might not stop until you have taken the right medication. Take the medicine for immediate relief and then continue it as per the doctor’s precription. For extreme cases you might need to visit a hospital for adequate care and cure. 

The summers we experience today are much hotter than in the past. The heat waves coupled with a thin ozone layer can make the sun have a lot of negative impacts on our body. You might feel drowsy and tired all through the day because of this weather. Hence, drink plenty of water, beware of all the diseases and symptoms. Take care of yourself and the people around you for a healthy and happy summer.

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