There’s nothing quite like the blistering heat of summer.
It’s a time for long walks on the beach, numerous cocktails in the sun, sampling the delights of al fresco dining and lying in bed ill.
Yep, you read that correctly, amidst the bliss of summer, danger lurks and it’s attempting to pull us under the weather – but, this time, it’s not a hangover.
It’s hard to believe when that big ball of toasty butter in the sky is making us feel so good, but the warmer months can actually be a hotbed of disease for the unprepared among us.
While choosing a bikini that flatters and ensuring you have lashes that flutter can take precedence, it’s also important to understand how to stay safe in the sun to avoid a debilitating sickness.
Don’t know where to start? Read on to find out …
Wash Your Hands
One of the best ways to prevent sickness ruining your time in the sun is to maintain good hand cleanliness. As we go about our day, we touch numerous surfaces – handling cash, putting on sun cream and going to the toilet – that are covered in bacteria. Consequently, make sure you wash your digits meticulously and dry them with roller towels to stop nasty germs in their tracks.
As the temperature soars, your body’s thirst for fluids increases – and dehydration can be a real risk. Aside from being thoroughly unpleasant, dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, both of which can be extremely serious. As a result, keep an eye on the colour of your pee, as the more orange it is, the more fluids you should be taking on board.
Beware of Barbecues
Is there anything better than the delicious waft of a barbecue? As summer rolls around, we all like to wheel out the charcoal and cook up a storm in the backyard – but beware of food poisoning from undercooked meat and grub left in the sun too long. After all, you don’t want to be bedbound with a bad taste in your mouth and only the toilet bowl for company.
Vaccinate Before You Travel
If you’re heading to a developing country for your annual break, it’s important to check if you require immunisation before you jet off. Typically, you’ll need to get your jabs around four to six weeks prior to your holiday, with inoculations against hepatitis or typhoid, for instance, taking around a month to reach maximum effectiveness.
Guard Against Bugs
Although most insects you’ll encounter in the summer months are harmless, some can transmit serious diseases. Mosquitoes, for example, carry West Nile virus and dengue, ticks can give you Lyme disease and the humble flea can even transmit plague. To battle back, use bug sprays containing DEET, but make sure it’s only sprayed on clothing and you consult with your doctor before using it on the kids.