Summer is here. According to the Department of Health (DOH), these are the most common summer diseases that people contract during the hottest months of the year.
Here are the six (6) summer diseases listed by Dr. Willie Ong and Dra. Liza Ramoso-Ong below!
Sore eyes is a highly communicable disease, and can result from a viral or bacterial infection. An itchy red eye is the common symptom of sore eyes. In order to avoid getting sore eyes, always keep your hands clean. If infected with sore eyes, rest for a while and visit a doctor immediately for the proper eye drops.
Sunburn and Heart Stroke
In order to prevent sunburn and heatstroke, don’t stay under the sun from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Always drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Whenever going out, always apply sunblock with SPF 15 or 30. don’t forget to stay cool as much as possible.
Common Cold and Cough
A healthy body means a strong immune system. Eating nutritious foods is the best way to achieve this healthy body. People aged 50-years and above are advised to get vaccinated against influenza while those Aged 60-years and above should also get vaccinated for pneumonia. Don’t forget to consult your doctor for this matter.
Diarrhea and Vomiting
A normal summer day’s high temperature can easily spoil a food. Always check the foods you eat. As much as possible, always choose dry foods such as fried chicken and fried fish for packed lunch. Avoid bagging foods with dairy ingredients such as cheese, mayonnaise, and milk.
Moreover, refrigerate foods after 2 to 3 hours after air exposure to avoid contamination. Also, beware of buying food sold in the streets since you can’t be sure if the food is fresh or if it has gone bad.
You can get skin infections such as boils and athlete’s foot from unsanitary environments. Always keep a clean environment and keep yourself and your clothes as clean as possible.
Rabies is a very deadly virus, which is usually transmitted through a bite from a rabid dog or cat. In order to avoid contracting rabies, make sure your pets are vaccinated. If you are bitten by a stray cat or dog, immediately rush to the nearest hospital to get treatment.
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The health tips on this website are based on articles published in books, periodicals and various social media sites by Doctor Willie Ong. We believe and fully support the good intentions of our ‘Doktor ng Bayan.’
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Source: Dr. Liza Ramoso-Ong