How you can beat the summer heat

Who said protecting yourself from heat stroke should stop you from enjoying summer?

You don't have to stay indoors, but the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines urges precautions.

"They should limit the amount of time that they spent outdoor especially from 12 noon to 3 p.m.," said Rustico Jimenez, president of Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAP).

But if you really have to go out, make sure you're armed with umbrellas or hats and also avoid wearing dark-colored clothing.

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You also might want to carry a bottle of water, as Rustico noted that keeping the body hydrated is key in the prevention of heat stroke.

"If the ideal water intake daily is eight glasses, it should be increased during summer," Jimenez said.

Heat stroke occurs when the body is unabile to cool the body down through by sweating amid extreme heat, humidity and exposure to the sun.

Symptoms include flushed skin, dizziness, weakness, headache, fever and rapid heartbeat. Heat stroke can also be fatal if left untreated.

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Jimenez was only reiterating the Health department's calls to guard against heat stroke, amid an increasing trend in the number of reported cases.

At least five to 10 heat stroke patients have sought medical attention in hospitals a day since last month, Jimenez said.

"Many of them are out-patients. They are already being sent home after they are rehydrated," said Jimenez.


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