7 tips to avoid dehydration and hyperthermia

With the arrival of the high summer heat, the doctor, researcher in health policies and systems, Tayeb Hamdi, offers 7 tips to follow to face the heat wave and thus stay in good health.

In an article entitled, “Heat wave: 7 tips to save thousands of lives”, the doctor warns against the effects of dehydration and hyperthermia, two main causes of death, especially among the elderly. Hydrate the body with water and fluids

1- Drinking plenty of water is a vital necessity for everyone before feeling thirsty and taking juices and soup to provide the body with mineral salts.

2- Wetting the body in the shower several times a day without drying the body with towels after bathing, spraying the body with cool water or getting wet with water-soaked towels.

3- Expose wet parts to air or wind from an electric or manual fan.

4- Eat split meals several times a day, favoring vegetables and fruits to provide the body with its water and mineral salt needs without exhausting it. Cool your living environment and avoid exposure to heat

5- Keep living environments cool. An air conditioner will provide the necessary freshness, failing which a fan will be very useful, especially after getting your body wet.

6- Avoid going out during the hottest periods of the day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. If necessary, wear light, loose-fitting, light-colored cotton clothing with a large hat. Avoid intense physical activity and stay in the shade as much as possible. 7- Do not leave children and the elderly, sick or people with special needs alone in cars.

According to Dr. Hamdi, symptoms related to fatigue, dizziness, intense thirst, headache, painful muscle spasms (especially in the legs, arms or abdomen), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, The appearance of signs of skin dehydration and redness, with signs of hyperthermia, delirium or loss of consciousness, as well as oral and body dehydration and weight loss, require urgent medical intervention.

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