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Tips for a heat wave

Extreme heat is no fun for anyone. Vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children and people with a chronic condition can even have serious health problems. Therefore some tips to suit your home and lifestyle to the weather.

Extremely hot weather can cause complaints such as fatigue, concentration problems, dizziness and headache. In severe situations, dehydration may develop cramps, nausea, exhaustion, fainting or even unconsciousness. In addition, skin problems may occur such as itching and rashes.

Risk groups

Older people are the biggest risk group for complaints related to hot weather. People with chronic illness, people in social isolation, homeless people, overweight people and (very) young children are also among the risk groups. In addition, the use of certain medications, alcohol or drugs may increase the risk of sustained warm weather.

If you grow older, your body is not working as effectively as before. You have less thirsty, your kidneys work less and your body cools less easily with sweat. This will cause you to dry out faster.

Extra risk

In addition, senior citizens are more likely to suffer from illnesses that make them less heat resistant, such as heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders. Even a simple infection with vomiting and diarrhea can cause severe dehydration in heat. Medications, such as diuretics, can help dry out and even psychopharmacs can be dangerous: due to the calming effect, the patient may be less alert and not aware of his drinking pattern.

Drinking and cooling

High solar power

Extreme heat is often associated with high solar power, which causes skin burn. This leads to a greater risk of skin cancer. Upon sun radiation 6 to 7, the sensitive skin can burn already after 15 to 20 minutes. This is not immediately visible: in general, the skin turns red a few hours later. Between 11 and 16 hours the sun is at its strongest. And do not mistake it: the solar power does not depend on the temperature! Good rub with a high factor is important. It is also advisable to stay out of the sun between 11 and 16 hours.

Cool in the house

Now, you keep the heat out of your body, but how do you keep the warmth out of the living space?

Keep an eye on

The summer period is a time when many people are on holiday. Especially people with few social contacts stays behind alone. It is therefore important that you keep an eye on each other. Call at agreed times or ask others to call you. You can also subscribe to an alarm system.

If you go as a caregiver on vacation, make sure you transfer the care to neighbors, family or home care. Give them a list of important phone numbers. Hand over the house key to a trusted person and call them at agreed times.