Editorial: Staying healthy this summer

SUMMER is here and we have been experiencing extremely hot weather during the day that going outdoors is dreadful.

While most of us will be on vacation, let us not forget to take care of our health.

With the summer heat, comes some summer diseases that can spoil the fun that the summer brings.

The Department of Health (DOH) has also released an advisory on heat stroke and other summer diseases.

Secretary Paulyn Ubial identified the six common summer diseases as sore eyes, “sipon at ubo” (colds and cough), “sakit sa balat” (skin diseases), sunburn, “sakmal ng aso” (dog bite), and “suka’t tae” (stomach illnesses).

For a stress-free summer break, Ubial shared some tips on how to avoid these ailments.

She said sore eyes, which could lead to blindness if not treated properly, is highly communicable but could be prevented by the frequent and correct washing of hands.

Colds and cough may result from the erratic weather, the health chief said, noting that sometimes it rains even during summer. She also reminded senior citizens to get their flu shots before the onset of the flu season in June.

Ubial meanwhile noted that skin diseases are common in areas where water is scarce.

“Prison inmates usually suffer from boils due to heat and overcrowding,” she said, adding that swimming in dirty bodies of water or poorly maintained public swimming pools can also cause skin diseases.

“Do not forget to take a bath before plunging into the pool and avoid urinating in it. Children should be accompanied by adults in pools or beaches to avoid drowning, which is a real danger,” she advised.

To avoid sunburns, Ubial suggested that the public limit their outdoor activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during summer months and instead get some sun early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

“Make sure to always bring bottled water and umbrella,” Rosell-Ubial said.

She added these simple things can help one avoid diseases common this summer.

DOH warned those who have high blood pressure and other diseases that can be triggered with heat and too much sun exposure to stay in their homes instead.

DOH also advised the public to drink lots of water, wear comfortable clothes, avoid too much sun exposure and wear hat or umbrella when going out.