Surviving the heat

Summer and hot weather is approaching! In particular, this week in eastern Australia we’ll see extreme weather conditions as per report dated 30th November from the Bureau of Meteorology (click here to view). Some temperatures are expected to rise 18C above average!

It’s a timely reminder that we must protect ourselves and avoid health issues arising from the sun and heat. Remember to apply plenty of sunscreen, wear a hat and sunglasses, and seek shade whenever possible when you’re outdoors. Get regular skin checks throughout the year and keep a vigilant look out for any changes to your skin. See your doctor if you notice changes in color, size or texture of moles. Skin cancer and melanoma are common in Australia and can be treated effectively if diagnosed early.

Avoid exercise or over exertion on hot days to prevent your body from overheating which may lead to heatstroke. Choose the cooler times of the day to exercise such as early morning or late afternoon. Heatstroke is a serious condition which can affect your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. Be aware of symptoms such as: nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, rapid breathing, racing heartbeat, headache and confusion. These can be signs that your body struggling to cope with heat.

During hot and humid weather, you are also at risk of dehydration. Keep yourself, loved ones and pets hydrated on hot days by drinking water (preferably BEFORE you feel thirsty). This will replace fluid loss from sweating. Also of note, water is best; other drinks such as soft drinks, coffee and alcohol often have the reverse effect and can have ingredients that contribute to dehydration.

Everyone loves summer and going to the beach, but remember to look out for signs and symptoms of any condition resulting from too much sun and heat. Stay safe!

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