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Keep your cool this summer!

Top Tips to Stay Cool in this Heatwave!

Dr Julia Piper and her team are feeling the heat in the Practice, along with the rest of the UK.  Here are some top tips from the doctor on ways to keep cool and enjoy this lovely seasonal weather we are currently experiencing.

  • Avoid the sun when it is at its strongest and highest in the sky, between 11am and 3pm.  That’s a great time to seek some shade and enjoy a nice long cold drink but make sure its not alcoholic or containing caffeine!
  • Make sure you wear a hat and stay in the shade if you do need to go outside. Also, think about your feet. Wear sandals to keep them cool but watch out for strappy flip flops which can cause trips and falls.
  • Keep your house nice and cool by keeping the curtains and blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun and shut your windows if it’s cooler inside than out.
  • Avoid or limit strenuous exercise like housework and gardening or try and do these when its cooler in the early morning or evening.
  • Apply lots of high factor sunscreen to protect against UVA (Ageing) and UVB (Burning) rays. Make sure you apply plenty – you should be able to see the sunscreen on your skin after you’ve applied it. 
  • If you’re feeling the heat try running your wrists under the cold water tap for a few moments –your veins are close to the surface there the cooled blood will circulate throughout your body and will bring your overall body temperature down. Take a cool shower, bath or place a cool damp cloth around your neck.
  • Pay attention to what you are eating – eat plenty of cold foods, especially salad and fruit as these contain water and watch out for food safety – overheating in the warmth can lead to bacteria multiplying and causing food poisoning.
  • Keep your children out of the sun whilst playing outside – Why not let them build a tent or den with sheets and garden chairs.  That should keep them busy and under cover to play happily.
  • If you have a health problem: keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator
  • The pollen count is exceptionally high at the moment too so if you do suffer from pollen allergies and hayfever, stay away from cut grass and meadows, wear sunglasses, keep windows and car windows closed if you can. Remember to take regular anti-histamine medication.  Here at Private GP Services, we do offer highly effective and long-protecting steroid-based injection called Kenalog which alleviates hayfever symptoms and for protection against grass-pollen allergies. For more information about this, have a chat with one of my team on 0116 270 0373.

For any further advice or information, please call us on 0116 270 0373 or email us on info@privategp.com

Stay safe and have fun in the sun, take care whilst doing so and from us all here at Private GP Services, enjoy Summer 2015!

 

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