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Summer Common Diseases

SUNBURN

  • Avoid the Sun between 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 SPF, 30 minutes before actual sun exposure.
  • Wear protective clothing such as wide brim hats, sunglasses and loose-fitting clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Avoid heat stroke by drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day.
  • If you have sunburn, apply aloe vera or moisturizing lotion several times a day. Leave blisters intact to speed healing and avoid infection. Consult a doctor if pain increases.

COUGHS AND COLDS

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • Stay at home when sick.

RABIES
Rabies infections from dog or cat bites are potentially fatal diseases.

  • make sure pet dogs are vaccinated against rabies.
  • Immediately wash wound thoroughly with soap and running water. Clean with 70% alcohol or providone iodine.
  • Proceed to hospital and animal bite center for tetanus and rabies vaccination.

Stay safe and healthy this summer!

Disclaimer: Insular Health Care, Inc. disclaims any liability or responsibility for the consequences of any actions taken in reliance on the health advisory or safety tips. The health-related materials contained herein are not intended to establish policy, procedure or standard of care.

SORE EYES AND CONJUNCTIVITIS
Classic symptoms can include pink or red color in the white of the eye(s), eye discharge, tearing, itchiness or scratchy and crusting of eyelids or lashes. It is self-limiting lasting 7-10 days.

  • To limit its spread, wash hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching or rubbing the eyes.
  • Wash any discharge from around the eyes. Apply cool compresses.

SKIN DISEASES

  • Do not swim in dirty water or unmaintained public swimming pools.
  • Take a bath before and after plunging into the pool.
  • Keep skin clean and dry thoroughly.
  • Do not walk barefoot in places such as public showers, swimming pools, locker rooms.
  • Do not share towels, clothes, shoes and other personal items.

STOMACH AILMENTS

  • Be cautious of street foods and food prepared for out-of-town trips as they may get contaminated or spoil easily because of the warm temperature.
  • When diarrhea and/or vomiing occurs:
    • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
    • For vomiting, suck on ice chips.
    • Avoid dairy products, spicy, greasy or fatty foods and alcoholic beverages.
    • Consult a doctor for vomiting and/or diarrhea that persists, if there is blood in stool and/or if there are signs of dehydration

    References:
    http://www.who.int/rabies/human/firstaid/en/ ; http://www.doh.gov.ph
    http://cnnphilippines.com/lifestyle/2015/04/22/Summer-diseases.html
    https://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/wellness/54651-summer-diseases-prevention; http://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/diarrhoeal-disease

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