DOH reminds public anew vs heat stroke

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

THE Department of Health (DOH) warned the public again on the dangers of heat stroke this summer.

“Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness when the body overheats and cannot cool down,” said the DOH in its Twitter account.

Heat stroke can be caused by hot and humid weather, vigorous exercise in hot weather, dehydration, and too much direct exposure to the sun.

“The body cannot take off the excessive heat by sweating because of dehydration and/or humid environment,” the DOH said.

Heat stroke symptoms include warm, flushed skin, faintness, dizziness, weakness, headache, very high fever of 41 degrees Celsius, rapid heartbeat, convulsion, and unconsciousness.

The DOH said a person can avoid heat stroke by limiting the amount of time spending outdoors, and/or scheduling heavy-duty activities for the beginning or end of the day, when it is cooler.

Also, the health department said it would be good to drink plenty of water; avoid tea, coffee, soda, and alcohol; and wear a wide-brimmed hat and long-sleeved clothing when outdoors.

And if heat stroke hits an individual, the DOH said emergency measures must be applied, such as moving the person to a shady spot or indoors, having him/her lie down with legs elevated, having him/her sip cool water, removing clothing, applying cool water to the skin, and fanning the person, and applying ice packs to the armpits, wrists, ankles and groin.

“Bring the patient immediately to the hospital after instituting emergency measures,” added the DOH.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration recorded on Saturday the highest temperature in Metro Manila for the year at 36.7 degrees Celsius. (HDT/Sunnex)

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