Are you prepared for the 'Samba summer' this year? Take care of your summer health

Not only is Brazil giving us the World Cup this year but we are also expecting a ‘Samba summer’ and North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NELCCG) want you to be prepared.

The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are all groups who are most susceptible to the risk of health problems when the weather is hot. In particular the heat can make heart and breathing problems worse and cause symptoms such as dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and sun stroke.

These however can be prevented by:

  • Ensuring you drink plenty of water
  • Using shade where possible
  • Applying appropriate sun protection
  • Being aware of the extra risks of food poisoning
  • Wearing cool, loose clothing

Dr Peter Melton, local GP and Chief Clinical Officer of NELCCG said: “We want people to enjoy the sunshine but for those who are vulnerable we advise that they avoid going out between 11am and 3pm, the hottest times of the day, and to drink plenty of fluids. Children and babies in particular need to stay hydrated.

“If you are with someone who does feel unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest and give them plenty of fluids to drink. If they start to display symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps don’t leave them alone, but seek medical help.

“Having a cold alcoholic beverage can be a favourite pastime in summer in Britain however we advise people to avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in the hot weather as this can lead to higher, more dangerous levels of dehydration. Drinking plenty of water is the best way to rehydrate.”

Further advice on how to protect yourself during the current spell of very hot weather is available online from NHS Choices or you can call into your local community pharmacy for advice or help. If you are worried about your health, especially if you have a long-term health condition, please contact your GP.

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