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THE MEDICAL Services and Public Health Department yesterday issued a health warning following weather reports of increased temperatures and humidity over the next three days.

The Medical Services advised the public to avoid continuous sun exposure as well as unnecessary activity and strenuous physical exercise. People should dress lightly in light coloured clothing and wear a hat, doctors advised.

During sun exposure the consumption of alcohol should be avoided as well as heavy food such as fats, chocolates and spices, the announcement said.

Drinking sufficient water (nine to 10 glasses daily) as well as the use of fans or air conditioners to create air flow was also important, the Medical Services said.

The most serious danger a heatwave posed was heat exhaustion, heatstroke and sunburn, the announcement added.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include weakness, profuse sweating, nausea, vomiting, headache, light-headedness, muscle cramps, rapid breathing, rapid pulse and possible fainting.

Heatstroke symptoms normally include headache, dizziness, a fever of 40AC or higher, difficulty breathing, mental confusion, fainting and coma which can even lead to death.

Heat exhaustion is dealt by moving patients to a cool environment and rehydrating them to replace the liquids and salts their body has lost by giving them cold water added with salt (half a teaspoon of salt for every three glasses of water) or a cold, clear, soft drink.

Serious cases of heat exhaustion and all cases of heatwave must seek immediate medical attention.

High risk groups to sun exposure and high temperatures include small children, the elderly, the obese, people who are unused to working in hot and humid environments, heart patients, diabetics, people with respiratory problems, renal failure and others, the Medical Services said.

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