This summer, temperatures in various parts of the world have been very high and European countries are some of the most affected with extreme weather. These heat waves have caused forest fires in countries like Greece, Italy and Algeria, where there have been temperatures of up to 46 degrees, dozens of victims and thousands of burned hectares.
Heat strokes or dehydration can be common problems when we are not used to this climate or precautions are not taken. According to the Mexican Institute of Social Security, among the most important symptoms that can indicate that someone is suffering from heat stroke we can find:
- Excessive sweating at first, then no sweating at all
- Redness and dryness of the skin
- Fever with temperature from 39 to 41°C
- Inappropriate behavior, such as: starting to take off clothes no matter where
- Fast heart rate, with weak heartbeat
- Seizure attacks
If you are planning a trip to these countries during this holiday season, we share some tips to reduce the discomfort you may have and avoid health problems:
In addition to the high temperatures, the sun will hit hard (and even if it wasn’t), it’s important to take care of your skin. The protectors contain filters that block UVA and UVB rays and prevent or help reduce irritation, redness and allergies.
Drink enough water
Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water. It is important to stay hydrated, in order to avoid any heat stroke or more serious health situations.
Avoid drinking alcohol, this due to its properties as vasodilators, which cause an increase in body heat to the surface of the skin. Similarly, highly sugary drinks may worsen dehydration because of the water needed to metabolize glucose.
#Note: In several European cities there are free drinkers on the streets, do not forget to bring a bottle of water to fill it continuously.
wear appropriate clothing
A cap or hat will be your best allies to take care of your skin. It is also advisable to wear light, loose clothing (sometimes the heat causes fluid retention and tight clothing can be detrimental to circulation) and light colors.
There are some brands specialized in hiking or outdoor sports that have fabrics that are ideal for very extreme climates.
Avoid the hours with the greatest sun exposure
During the spring and summer months, UV rays tend to be more intense, especially in the midday hours, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm When planning, try not to be outdoors during that period, you could choose to museums or activities in the shade.
Also remember to protect your eyes with sunglasses.
travel with insurance
At Alan around the World we always emphasize the importance of acquiring insurance before traveling. Although it sounds like an extra expense, in case of any inconvenience it will always be the best option, since most countries do not have free medical services for visitors and the costs can be very high.
If during your trip you have any health problem, do not hesitate to contact a professional, your life could be in danger. Some warning signs may be:
- Skin that feels hot and dry but not sweaty
- Confusion or loss of knowledge
- frequent vomiting
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
#TipAXM Some credit cards, such as Citibanamex Premier, offer travel insurance to the cardholder and their direct family members when purchasing their tickets with the card.