Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. However, you can avoid feeling uncomfortable or unwell by making sure you are prepared for summer.
Ensure you stay hydrated – carry a bottle of water with you, especially if you’re heading out for the day or making a long journey. It’s also a good idea to wear cool clothing and stay out of the sun between 11am to 3pm.
If you do feel unwell, use the right health service. Summer conditions, such as sunburn, hay fever or dehydration can be easily prevented and treatment is available closer to home. Local pharmacists are trained clinicians who can provide expert advice on how to help manage illnesses, as well as providing guidance on the best treatments.
A basic first aid kit at home can help with minor ailments, such as stomach upsets, allergies, headaches, sunburn and insect bites. For more information simply search for First Aid Kit on the NHS website.
Alternative NHS services available to Lincolnshire residents:
- Self-care – people suffering from minor ailments such as sunburn and hay fever should treat themselves at home or visit their local pharmacy.
- Pharmacies – your local pharmacist is qualified to offer advice on health issues and medication, as well as how to treat headaches, an upset stomach and other common illnesses.
- NHS111 and NHS111 online – NHS 111 are free services available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It offers a one-stop for patients with urgent, but not life-threatening symptoms.
Summer is also the time of year when allergies such as asthma, eczema and hay fever can get much worse, with symptoms including sneezing, coughing, skin rashes and shortness of breath. But there’s no need to get bogged down by runny noses, itchy eyes, irritated skin and tickly throats.
Allergy sufferers can prepare for the warmer months by getting the medicines they need from their local pharmacist. Find out more information about hay fever and allergies from the NHS website.
Tips to stay cool and reduce health risks:
- Stay out of direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm (hottest part of the day).
- Always use a sunscreen with a high protection factor
- Drink cold drinks, such as water, regularly.
- Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat outdoors.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
You can get more information on staying safe this summer by viewing the NHS website.