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Beware of heat exhaustion in UAE

Staff Reporter /Dubai
Filed on July 15, 2016 | Last updated on July 15, 2016 at 10.17 am
Beware of heat exhaustion in UAE
Doctors have advised people to drink a lot of fluids especially water and to wear light clothes

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Heat exhaustion is defined by symptoms like thirst, fatigue, headache and twitching and if worsens, it can lead to heat strokes

With forecasters expecting the weather to reach a maximum of 49 degrees in Dubai next week, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) doctors shared tips on how to prevent heat strokes and exhaustion during the DHA Smart Clinic on Thursday.

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) expects temperatures to reach between 45 and 49 degrees Celsius, with humidity levels reaching a maximum of 90 per cent in internal areas and 95 per cent along the coast.

When the weather reaches such high temperatures, doctors said the public can be prone to heat stroke and exhaustion, especially infants, children and the elderly.

"Heat exhaustion is defined by symptoms that include thirst, fatigue, headache and twitching. If the case worsens, they can get heat strokes; symptoms include a fever of 40 degrees celsius and higher, headache, rapid breathing, altered mental behaviour and ultimately fainting said Dr Fadi Moborrak Senior Specialties, ER, at Dubai Hospital.

Dr Moborrak explained that being exposed directly to the sun is not the only cause of heat strokes as heat without sun and humidity, which can cause a green glass effect, can cause heat exhaustion.

Dr Sara Kazim, Consultant Emergency Physician at Rashid Hospital said a person loses two litres of water by sweating every 24 hours, and when a person suffers from heat exhaustion, they can lose 10 litres of water in less than 24 hours.

Therefore, both doctors warned people who wear heavy clothes while exercising to stop doing so as it can cause health problems, adding that the weight they are losing is just water not fat.

To avoid heat strokes Dr Kazim advised Dubai residents to avoid doing sports and outdoor activities between 9am to 6pm and wear lightweight and light-coloured clothes.

Dr Kazim also advised the public to drink lots of fluids and juices. Because heat-related illness also can result from salt depletion, it may be advisable to substitute an electrolyte-rich sports drink for water during periods of extreme heat and humidity.

Dr Kazim and Dr Moborrak advised people to avoid tanning in such harsh weather and switch outdoor activities with indoor activities.

They added that Dubai residents should avoid the outdoors during the summer especially if they are diabetic, pregnant, suffer from neurological diseases, MS patients and epilepsy patients.

asmaalizain@khaleejtimes.com


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