Summer health tips: Take care of your health this summer

Summer health tips: Take care of your health this summer

The summer vacations are approaching in the U.K., and along with all the sunny days off, there are many health hazards to be aware of. From sunburns and insect bites to hydration and healthy eating, it’s important that you take appropriate steps while enjoying this rare British sunshine. In this article, we’ll look at a number of simple summer health tips to take note of and apply, as well as the role health insurance can play in your summer health care plan.


Please note: The information presented in this blog is correct as of July 13, 2021 and was obtained directly from appropriate health insurance providers and outside sources of information.


1. solar safety.

One of the most common health risks associated with the onset of summer is the sun. Spending time outdoors and in the sun with family and friends is what many people consider their happiest time of year, but it can present several health hazards that you need to think about in the coming months.

Using the appropriate sunscreen
If you plan to spend a lot of time in direct sunlight, buying and applying the appropriate sunscreen is non-negotiable. Sunscreens, or sunscreens, are rated by SPF (Sun Protection Factors) on a scale of 2 to 50. The higher the SPF value, the more protection the cream will provide you from the harmful ultraviolet radiation the sun emits.

Sunscreens in the UK will also have a star rating system of 5. This rating measures the amount of UVA radiation the product will protect you from; the higher the star rating, the more effective it will be. Failure to use sunscreen effectively for an extended period of time can lead to sunburn and, in the most severe cases, serious conditions such as skin cancer. Be sure to apply thoroughly to all exposed areas of the body and reapply throughout the day.

Sunscreen and swimming
When you use sunscreen at the beach or poolside, it’s important to remember that water washes away many different types of sunscreen. Feeling cool from being in the water can make you think you’re not getting burned, and the reflective surface of the water can even increase your exposure to UV rays. It is very important that you either use waterproof sunscreen options when there is a chance of getting wet, or that you carefully towel off and reapply when the water has washed away most of it.

Wearing sunscreen
Along with using the right version of sunscreen for the conditions you are in, you should also make sure that you wear appropriate sun protection clothing when you spend time in the sun. Choose breathable clothing made from lighter materials such as fabric and linen to prevent overheating. Adding sun hats and caps can also protect your eyes and the skin on your neck and face from the sun’s rays.

Protect your eyes
When it comes to sun damage (and damage in general), your eyes are some of the most fragile parts of your body, very much at risk and therefore require adequate protection. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, eyelid skin cancer accounts for up to 10% of all skin cancers, and at least 10% of cataracts can be traced to UV exposure. Without proper protection, you risk injuries such as corneal sunburns, cataracts, melanoma and even some cancers. Wearing caps, sun hats and sunglasses is an easy way to protect your eyes this summer from harmful UV rays.

Limit the time you spend in the sun
While it’s always tempting to spend all day in the sun in the UK to make the most of summer before it’s gone, you should be smart about the amount of time you spend in direct sunlight. In the UK, the peak time when the sun is brightest in the summer is around 11am to 3pm; one tip is to line up your days so that the sun is shining the brightest to avoid feeling uncomfortable and not putting your health at risk.


2. Eating and Drinking in the Sun

The summer months are popular for many different reasons, and one of those reasons is that you eat and drink with friends and family. In addition to protecting your body from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, you can adopt a few eating and drinking habits during the summer that will help you feel comfortable and healthy.

Stay Hydrated.
Staying fully hydrated throughout the day is one of the most important things to do when spending time outside in the heat. Simply put, the longer you spend in hot conditions, the more you will sweat. A natural cooling mechanism that the body implements, sweating causes your body to lose water, electrolytes and salts much faster, and they need to be replenished. It is very important to drink plenty of water throughout the day and to carry water with you at all times to reduce the risk of dehydration.

Eating light meals.
Another small measure you can take to protect your health during the summer months is to try to eat lighter foods. Heavy, fatty foods can have a tendency to raise your body temperature. Eating lighter foods and meals high in water during the summer can help you feel more rested and hydrated.



3. insect repellent

One of the biggest drawbacks to being out in the sun is the number of bugs and insects around, which can be dangerous to your health. To protect yourself from all the bites, stings and general insect nuisances such as gnats and mosquitoes, it is recommended that you stock up on a variety of insect repellent.


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4. Considering Hay Fever

Hay fever is the colloquial name given to a common form of pollen and dust allergy. It causes symptoms similar to the common cold, such as itchy eyes, sinus irritation, runny nose and stuffy nose, and can vary in severity from person to person. Because the amount of pollen in the air increases dramatically during the summer months, hay fever can be an obstacle for many who want to enjoy the holidays. Treatment can range from simple nasal and mouth rinses with salt water to relieve symptoms to doctor-prescribed treatments such as steroid nasal sprays and hay fever pills.


5. How to deal with extreme heat

A heat wave is a period of excessively hot weather, characterized by much higher temperatures than usual and, in some cases, increased humidity. During the heat of summer, all of the above risks we have already discussed increase; especially the risk of dehydration, overheating, and even heat stroke. The measures remain the same: stay hydrated, stay out of the sun during the most intense hours of the day, and take preventive measures against sun damage.

But heat waves can also be especially devastating for the most vulnerable, such as the elderly, those with any co-morbidities and those who work outside. As for yourself and more vulnerable people, you should be on the lookout for heat-related illnesses and their symptoms, which can include headaches, dizziness, loss of appetite, fever and a rapid pulse. To treat heat exhaustion, you can take the following steps as recommended by the NHS:

Move the victim to a cooler place and ask them to lie down with their legs slightly elevated.
Provide them with enough water to help them rehydrate (sports drinks are also acceptable in these situations).
Cool their skin with cold compresses and water; you can use a spray, sponge or cloth to do this.
Their condition should improve in about 30 minutes or so. If the situation does not improve, emergency services may be necessary.


6. Caring for Children.

It is especially important to take proper measures to protect young people and children during the summer from any heat-related medical problems. Babies and children, in particular, have much more sensitive skin than adults, and are therefore at much greater risk of sun damage. The NHS recommends that children under 6 months of age should be completely shielded from direct sunlight and that sunscreen concentrations of at least 30% should be used. Many also believe that vitamin D supplements can help improve a child’s overall health during the excessively hot summer months.

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