It’s the fiesta season! But don’t let common summer diseases ruin your day. According to the DOH, the five most common summer diseases are sunburn, flu, sore eyes, stomach ailments and skin diseases.
Sunburns are fairly common during festivals that peak during the month of May. Revelers are exposed under the grueling heat with their skins exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. Try to avoid outdoor activities while the sun is at its peak between 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. If festivities are expected during this time, make sure you wear proper eye protection like sunglasses, loose clothing and apply sun screen at least 30 minutes before going out. It is also critical that you are properly hydrated. Keep a bottle of water by your side – this could save a life.
Flu-like symptoms abound during summer specially in the festive season of May, where flowers and pollens are plentiful. Mother nature can be unpredictable so watch out for colds and coughs. A hot and humid day can suddenly turn into a cold downpour. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough to help prevent the spread of viruses and please stay at home if you feel sick. Frequent hand washing can help prevent the spread of flu viruses.
The summer heat helps in speeding up the spread of bacteria in pre-prepared food leading to spoilage. You may not notice it, but the food you’re eating may not be fit for consumption. Vomiting and diarrhea are two common outcomes after consuming contaminated or spoiled food. Watch out for signs of dehydration due to unabated loss of body fluid. It’s good to have oral rehydration solutions just in case. If you’re the designated food handler, don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching the food you’ll serve.
Conjunctivitis, or more commonly known as “sore eyes” is not your typical eye irritation. If left untreated, it could lead to serious complications. It could be due to a bacteria or virus that easily spreads during this season where the conditions are right for them to thrive. People are mostly out, interacting with each other – a good way to spread infection. Regular handwashing and avoiding touching or scratching your eyes are sure ways to prevent this.
Many of us beat the summer heat by going to the beach or plunging in the nearest swimming pool we can find. But don’t be too fast. Unkempt and poorly maintained water can lead to various skin diseases. Take a bath before and after swimming. Watch out for changes in your skin color, temperature and possible appearance of rashes.
Remember. Prevention is key. However, if you already have any of the five diseases mentioned, you have the next best thing. Just call Medgate’s 24/7 doctors for easy, fast and convenient consultations