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Facing Extreme Heat Tips On Prevention And Protection

Facing extreme heat: advice on prevention and protection

If you are pregnant, have a baby or minor children, are elderly or suffer from any pathology that can be aggravated by heat (diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart or kidney disease, mobility difficulties, etc.), it is very important that you take special care of yourself in a situation of extreme heat.

High temperatures and direct exposure to sunlight can be very dangerous and detrimental to your health regardless of your age and your personal circumstances, but keep in mind that the risk increases if you are pregnant or if you are a person with any pathology previous.

Therefore, to take care of yourself and the people around you, strictly follow the following tips for prevention and protection against extreme heat and sun exposure.

  1. Drink water often (even if you don't feel thirsty).
  2. Hydrate frequently, whatever activity you're doing.
  3. Avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeinated beverages, and sugary drinks, as they can promote dehydration.
  4. Eat light meals and fresh foods: salads, fruits, vegetables..., because they have a high water content and help maintain hydration.
  5. Avoid too abundant and heavy meals.
  6. Wear light, loose clothing (not too tight) and allow perspiration.
  7. Stay as long as possible in cool, shaded or heated places.
  8. Avoid direct solar radiation during the most intense hours of the day.
  9. If you leave home, always carry a bottle of water with you.
  10. If you go to the beach or the pool, protect yourself with a good sun cream: apply it frequently (every hour, if you swim) and, in any case, do not expose yourself to direct sunlight for too long.
  11.  Do not stay in a parked vehicle: the temperature of a stationary vehicle can rise more than 10º in a few minutes.
  12. Never leave anyone in a closed and parked vehicle: especially babies, children, minors, the elderly or those with chronic illnesses, etc.
  13. Keep your medicines in a cool place, because heat can alter their composition and effects.
  14. Consult a healthcare professional if you experience discomfort or dizziness that may be related to heat exposure.

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