Common Summer Health Problems and How to Avoid Them 

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Doctor standing by the beach in summers with stethoscope in hand

Melbourne is getting ready to witness summer; we will see more people taking weekend getaways frequently, enjoying picnics by the beach and engaging in outdoor activities. While the summer season is a pleasant time since they can experience the outdoors, it also brings severe heat-related diseases due to rising temperatures.  

Common Summer-Related Health Problems

Heat Stroke 

Heat stroke occurs when temperatures become unbearably hot. According to ANU, heat stroke is responsible for 36,000 deaths in Australia between 2006 and 2017. Heat stroke is highly dangerous and can potentially lead to death. The illness occurs when humans are exposed to excessive temperatures outdoors, and their bodies do not cool down properly afterwards.  

 

Food Poisoning 

Food poisoning is one of the most common summer health problems due to high humidity because it acts as a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Raw and stale meat, spoiled dairy products and unhygienic street food carry bacteria and viruses that lead to constant diarrhea and vomiting. It can further lead to severe dehydration if no immediate medical attention is given.  

 

Allergies 

People associate allergies with spring due to higher pollen count. However, a rise in temperature also increases pollen production and causes allergies. Also, pollen landing on surfaces like picnic baskets and sports equipment increases the risk of skin allergies.  

 

Dehydration 

Prolonged exposure to scorching heat can cause dehydration, and not staying hydrated can lead the case from mild to severe. The side effects of mild dehydration are dry mouth, headaches and dark yellow urine. In severe cases, people experience dizziness, rapid breathing, sunken eyes and unconsciousness.  

 

Chicken Pox 

One of the most common heat-related diseases is chicken pox. It is a viral infection that mostly affects children. Initial symptoms include fever and headache. A week later, you may begin to witness rashes and blisters that take a couple of weeks to heal. Therefore, avoiding public areas and getting a vaccine shot is fundamental.  

How to Prevent Summer Diseases

Now that we have outlined a few common heat-related health issues, it is time we talk about how to prevent summer diseases.  

 

Stay Hydrated 

The first and foremost solution to preventing dehydration is drinking lots of water. Keep a water bottle with you whenever you head outdoors for an evening stroll, gym or a football match with your neighbour’s kids. If keeping up with water seems difficult to you, you can increase your intake of foods containing higher water content, such as strawberries, watermelon and cucumber. Besides water intake, it is also important to avoid strenuous activities between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. because the sun is at its peak. 

 

Ensure Food Safety 

FDA recommends not letting food sit outside between 40 and 140 degrees for over 2 hours as it can lead to bacteria growth. It is best to keep cold food refrigerated until it is time to eat and throw away items that have been in the danger zone. If you need to carry perishable food items, it is best to do so in an ice cooler. 

 

Stay in a Cool Environment 

People should stay indoors when the sun is the strongest to alleviate heat exhaustion and prevent heat strokes. Also, those with existing medical conditions (such as respiratory issues and asthma), children and the elderly should spend more time in air-conditioned rooms because they are highly susceptible. 

 

Use Air Purifiers 

Air purifiers are a must-have to alleviate common health issues related to heat, such as pollen and other seasonal allergies, bacteria growth and high humidity levels. The technology features HEPA filters that are efficient enough to eliminate airborne particles responsible for causing contagious diseases, such as flu. They also reduce contaminated air and maintain humidity levels to prevent mould and bacteria growth. Air purifiers also eliminate pollen from the environment, saving sensitive people from pollen and other related allergies. 

Which Air Purifier is the Best?

There are several air purifiers on the market; however, Euromate Pure Air has been in the industry for over 35 years and has experience in the development of cutting-edge technology that does the best job. Most air purifiers have certifications from various prestigious global organizations, such as SGS and TNO.

Our air purifiers have 99.95 per cent efficiency and feature HEPA filters for particulate elimination. For more queries, contact our indoor air quality experts. 

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