DOH warns public vs. heat stroke this summer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 14:08

The Department of Health has warned the public, especially senior citizens, against possible heat stroke with summer’s searing heat.

Asst. Secretary Eric Tayag, also DOH spokesperson, said the people should drink at least 13 glasses of water to avoid dehydration, even when they are not thirsty.

Accordingly, dehydration is another cause of heat stroke, he said.

A dehydrated person may not be able to sweat fast enough to dissipate heat, which causes the body temperature to rise.

Tayag also noted the public pools opened by the local government unites as alternative ways to help the public cope up with the extreme heat.

Monday this week, the temperature was recorded at its highest in Metro Manila at 36.6 degrees C.
”Even an ordinary fan or allowing children to play in shaded areas are ways to avoid the extreme heat,” Tayag added.

Tayag reiterated that heat stroke should not be taken for granted by the public because when not properly treated it is often fatal.

Accordingly, heat stroke is also sometimes referred to as sun stroke.

Severe hyperthermia is defined as a body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher.

The body normally generates heat as a result of metabolism, and is usually able to dissipate the heat by radiation of heat through the skin or by evaporation of sweat.

However, in extreme heat, high humidity, or vigorous physical exertion under the sun, the body may not be able to dissipate the heat and the body temperature rises, sometimes up to 106 F (41.1 C) or higher.

Those most susceptible (at risk) individuals to heart stroke include: infants, the elderly (often with associated heart diseases, lung diseases, kidney diseases, or who are taking medications that make them vulnerable to dehydration and heat stroke), athletes, and individuals who work outside and physically exert themselves under the sun.