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Diseases Associated with summer and How to Avoid Them

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The sudden change of weather may affect a lot of people tremendously. Here are just some of the diseases that you might get afflicted with if you are not too careful:

Heat stroke is well known because people who experience extreme weather conditions undergo this condition. It would be best to always be protected at all times by always having cold drinks with you especially if you are going to walk for a long while. Protective clothing will also do a lot.

Chicken pox is also another disease that is common during summer. The heat causes people to break out and since it is highly contagious, a lot of people get it during that time.

Dehydration is also another condition that people normally experience during the summertime. The key to making sure that you do not get dehydrated is to drink a lot of fluids. You might not feel thirsty but listen closely to what your body is telling you. Having a sphygmomanometer might also help since you can monitor your blood pressure. This way, you can tell whether you are starting to have problems or not.

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Acne as symptom of a long-term skin disease

I’ve seen people with acne but not as bad as the image below. The skin condition is called Rosacea. It is a long-term disease that affects the face and sometimes the eye area. It is characterized by redness and pimples. Women and fair skinned individuals are likely to develop it.

A known entertainment writer and columnist had untreated Rosacea before she suffered from full-blown rhinophyma that caused her nose to grow big. But I read from an online publication that she already underwent an operation.

Until now health experts are not sure what causes Rosacea. But a person is predisposed to the skin condition if a relative has it. Rosacea is not life-threatening and can be cured with medicine including rosacea natural treatment and surgery.

Aside from acne, other symptoms are flushing or frequent redness of the face; small, red lines under the skin; swollen nose; thick skin in the forehead, chin and cheeks; red, dry, itchy eyes and sometimes blurry vision.

Info taken from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Typhoid Fever Alert

The rise of typhoid cases in Tuburan, Cebu is definitely a cause for alarm. Everyone should really be wary of the food and water we take especially if we are not sure of their source and how they are prepared.

Even at home, moms should exercise extreme care when preparing and cooking food for the family. Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella Typhi Bacteria. It spreads by ingesting contaminated food and water. The bacteria lurk in human waste and pass on to unsuspecting victims through improper handling of food and water sources. The key to stop its spread is cleanliness. And remember the golden rule to always wash your hands after using the bathroom. And wash your hands before and after your prepare and cook food.

You can also use hand sanitizers in the absence of water. Simple cleaning tips like wiping of surfaces and door knobs at home can prevent the accumulation of dirt and bacteria that pose serious health threat to both children and adults.

Observe the following signs and symptoms, if you suspect that you or one of your family members is affected by typhoid fever.

Sustained high fever
headache
malaise (weakness)
anorexia (loss of appetite)
diarrhea or constipation and abdominal discomfort

Prevention and Control:

Boil water for drinking. (Upon reaching boiling point, extend boiling for two or more minutes) or
Do water chlorination
Cook food well and always use food cover to prevent flies and other insects from contaminating them.
Wash thoroughly all vegetables and fruits especially those that are eaten raw.
Avoid eating street vended foods.
Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet and before eating.
Keep surrounding cleam to prevent breeding of flies.

Source: DOH website