Heat wave in Valencia: Health recommendations to deal with high temperatures

The Ministry of Universal Health and Public Health forecasts high temperatures for this weekend in the Valencian Community, which is why it has activated the information protocol to warn the population about potential risks.

Heat wave in Valencia: Health recommendations to deal with high temperatures

The Ministry of Universal Health and Public Health forecasts high temperatures for this weekend in the Valencian Community, which is why it has activated the information protocol to warn the population about potential risks.

The indications against the heat wave are aimed especially at the most vulnerable groups: the elderly, people with chronic diseases, those who work exposed to high temperatures, pregnant women, minors, as well as fragile groups from the socioeconomic point of view.

It is recommended to avoid going outside or doing intense physical exercise in the hottest hours of the day (between 12 and 4 p.m.), protect yourself with sunscreen, look for cool and shaded places, wear loose, light and light-colored clothing. and protect your head with a cap or hat.

At home, it is advisable to close the blinds and lower the awnings on facades exposed to the sun, in addition to locating in the coolest areas.

[The weather in Valencia: weather forecast for the weekend with an unusual increase in temperatures]

In addition, when the car is stopped or parked on public roads, neither people nor pets should ever be left behind because very high temperatures are reached inside. Finally, the population is urged to drink water frequently, even if they are not thirsty; avoid drinking alcohol and highly caffeinated beverages; and replace large and hot meals with cold dishes, fresh fruits and vegetables.

According to the indications of Health, in extreme temperatures, we must pay attention, and try to prevent, sunburn, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

To avoid burns, it is recommended to use high sun protection creams and spend little time in the sun.

Faced with muscle cramps due to excessive physical activity or excessive sweating, it is necessary to stop the activity and rest in a cool place. You should not participate in any intense physical activity of long duration and you should drink juices diluted in water or sports drinks. If the cramps last more than an hour, go to the health center.

The main symptoms of heat exhaustion are headache, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, nausea, or fainting. To counteract it, you have to rest in a cool place, drink juices diluted in water or sports drinks and go to the health center if the symptoms last more than an hour.

Heat stroke can be serious because the body is unable to regulate its temperature, which rises rapidly and can reach 40.6 degrees Celsius. The main symptoms are: hot, dry and red skin, rapid pulse, severe headache, confusion and loss of consciousness. In this situation, you should call the emergency room and, while waiting, cool the body, stay in a dark room, put cold water cloths on the person or give them a cold bath or shower.


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