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Summer Health Concerns & How to Manage Them

Can’t wait for summer? Neither can we! What’s not to love about the sunshiny weather, the long-awaited holidays, the inviting beaches?

Well, the health issues, for one. Summer brings along its own cache of health concerns, but no worries – we’re here to review some of these health problems and what you can do to keep them from ruining your holiday. Read on...

Food Poisoning

If you’re traveling to another country on holiday, chances are you can’t resist chomping on some mouth-watering street food. But there are many ways you could develop a nasty bug from street food, whether it’s because of improper food handling or because the food has been out all day. Be sure you can see how the food is being handled, and try getting food in the morning when it’s been freshly prepared.

You can still get food poisoning even if you’re staying at home this summer. Outdoor picnics mean food is out in the open for a long time, often in very warm weather, so make sure you’re packaging your food safely.

Sunburn

Sun's out, guns out! And fun’s out, too, when you get a painful burn from being under the sun without enough protection. What’s worse, being sunburned or spending lots of time in the sun increase your odds of developing skin cancer, particularly if you have fair skin, hair, and eyes.

If you absolutely must be in the sun, make sure you apply a sunscreen above SPF 30 (like this one) or wear protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat and breathable, long-sleeved shirts.

Heatstroke

Whether you’re staying in the UK or visiting some sun-drenched country on holiday, you can always run the risk of heatstroke if you’re exposed to or physically exerting yourself in high temperatures. Heatstroke is not to be taken lightly, as an extremely elevated body temperature can cause permanent damage in the body. Call emergency services if you or someone else develops symptoms of heatstroke, which include confusion, a fast pulse, and a lack of sweat despite the heat.

Prevent heatstroke by staying hydrated, wearing loose-fitting clothing, wearing adequate sunscreen, and taking care not to overexert yourself during the hottest parts of the day.

Sunburn

Suns out, guns out! And fun’s out, too, when you get a painful burn from being under the sun without enough protection. What’s worse, being sunburned or spending lots of time in the sun increase your odds of developing skin cancer, particularly if you have fair skin, hair, and eyes.

If you absolutely must be in the sun, make sure you apply a sunscreen above SPF 30 (like this one) or wear protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat and breathable, long-sleeved shirts.

Heatstroke

Whether you’re staying in the UK or visiting some sun-drenched country on holiday, you can always run the risk of heatstroke if you’re exposed to or physically exerting yourself in high temperatures. Heatstroke is not to be taken lightly as an extremely elevated body temperature can cause permanent damage in the body. Call emergency services if you or someone else develops symptoms of heatstroke, which include confusion, a fast pulse, and a lack of sweat despite the heat.

Prevent heatstroke by staying hydrated, wearing loose-fitting clothing, wearing adequate sunscreen, and taking care not to overexert yourself during the hottest parts of the day.

Dehydration

Dehydration occurs if you don’t drink enough water, if you’ve lost too much water, or a combination of both. You’ll need to drink more than you’re used to because the summer heat can make you sweat out whatever you’ve drunk already. What’s more, diarrhoea and vomiting from food poisoning can lead you to lose water quickly.

Make sure you carry a full water bottle with you if you know you’ll be in the heat for a long time. Aim for more than 64 ounces, or eight glasses, a day, but prepare for more if you’ve been out for a while. Need an extra boost if you’re dehydrated from diarrhoea or vomiting? Try water infused with electrolytes, such as an energy drink.

Have any questions about your health this summer? Let us know in the comments below or reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.

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