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HappeningPH Summer Health Watch: KonsultaMD Advises on Hot Weather Risks

HappeningPH Summer Health Watch: KonsultaMD Advises on Hot Weather Risks

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As the summer season goes on and heat index levels rise across the Philippines, KonsultaMD, the country’s leading telemedicine provider, is urging the public to take precautions against common health risks during the hot weather months.

Extreme heat can take a serious toll on one’s health, making it crucial to take appropriate measures to prevent harmful conditions. Here are some health concerns to watch out for this season, and some helpful tips from KonsultaMD:

Sunburn

Sunburn is one of the most common summer afflictions, caused by overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. To prevent sunburn, use a high-SPF sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and seek shade whenever possible, especially during peak sun hours around midday.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion occurs when the body overheats due to hot temperatures or strenuous activity, and is unable to cool down. Warning signs include excessive thirst, weakness, dizziness, and anxiety. Stay hydrated, avoid sugary and alcoholic beverages, and limit outdoor activities during the hottest hours of the day.

This condition may escalate into an emergency situation. If a patient experiences convulsions or loses consciousness, this is likely a heat stroke. Go to the emergency room immediately.

Food Poisoning

Summer heat also increases the risk of food poisoning by creating ideal conditions for bacteria growth in improperly stored foods. Safe food handling such as hand washing, thorough cooking and proper refrigeration are critical during these months.

Those experiencing symptoms are encouraged to speak to a medical professional, which can easily be done through a virtual consultation on the KonsultaMD app.

“One of the biggest advantages of telemedicine, like what KonsultaMD offers, is preventing issues from escalating by providing expert medical advice early on,” said Beia Latay, KonsultaMD CEO.

“For non-emergency situations such as sunburns or dehydration, we can offer guidance on at-home care. However, for more severe cases, our board-certified physicians can help determine if a trip to the Emergency Room or clinic is necessary based on the symptoms,” she said.

To use KonsultaMD’s virtual consultation platform, download the super app, select ‘Talk to a Doctor Now’, and choose between a video or chat option. Enter the reason for the visit and confirm. A licensed physician will be ready to evaluate the symptoms securely and confidentially.

For more information about KonsultaMD, visit https://konsulta.md  or download the app on the App Store or Google Play.

KonsultaMD

KonsultaMD is a 917Ventures portfolio company and the largest telehealth company in the Philippines. KonsultaMD seeks to democratize healthcare in the country by providing end-to-end reliable telehealth services, including 24/7 access to doctors, complete with medical certificates, same-day pharmacy delivery, at-home diagnostics, and nursing care for newborns and the elderly. KonsultaMD doesn’t stop with just physical health; the brand also advocates for mental health consultations in the country, consistently leading efforts to destigmatize it among Filipinos.