Common Summer Ailments and How to Avoid Them

Watch out for these ailments that can get you down in the summer heat.

 

1. Typhoid

Symptoms:
• High Fever
• Loss of Appetite
• Headaches
• Abdominal Pain

How to avoid it:
• Typhoid is a water borne disease so avoid drinking unfiltered water and cut down on eating roadside food which may be unhygienic.
• The vaccine comes in two forms, an injection, or an oral capsule. A booster is needed every two to five years.

2. Jaundice

Symptoms:
• Yellow Skin
• Yellow Eyes
• Fatigue
• Loss of Appetite

How to avoid it:
• Hepatitis is a common cause of Jaundice.
• The Hepatitis A vaccine s usually given in 2 doses, 6 to 18 months apart.
• The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in 3 doses. Consult with your physician to understand if you need to take these shots.

3. Chickenpox

Symptoms:
• Itchy Rash with Fever
• Tiredness

How to avoid it:
• The vaccine requires 2 doses.
• No vaccine is required if you have already had chickenpox.

4. Dehydration

Symptoms:
• Dry Sticky Mouth
• Thirst
• Headaches
• Lightheadedness

How to avoid it:
• Drink lots of water! 2.3 to 3 litres a day!
• Intravenous fluids may be required in cases of severe dehydration.

5. Measles

Symptoms:
• High Fever
• Coughing
• Runny Nose
• Sore Throat
• Red Eyes

How to avoid it:
• The MMR Vaccine is usually given to most infants.
• If you haven’t taken it yet, now is a good time!

This information has been provided by Healthspring Community Medical Centres.

 

 

 

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