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Egypt’s Stifling Challenge: Tips To Avoid Sunstroke Amidst Rising Heat

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Egypt’s Stifling Challenge: Tips To Avoid Sunstroke Amidst Rising Heat
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Safy Allam
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With global warming fumbling with Egypt’s unpredictable climate, new challenges arise for us inhabitants. Among the serious dangers for us at the moment is sunstroke. Worsened by the grim spectre of climate change, a relentless embrace of extreme heat has infested Egypt’s grounds, suffocating its citizens under the scorching peak of the sun heat. To avoid falling under the sun heat’s trap and facing a sunstroke, here are some tips that we hope will be valuable for what’s left of these extremely agitated days.


Stay Hydrated

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A tip that’s always given is to “Always Drink Water!” You should have a bottle of water with you no matter where you are or what you are doing. Even if you are not thirsty, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Take small sips occasionally, but never go a day without drinking plenty of water. If you don’t, you increase the risk of getting dehydrated, concurrently increasing the risk of sunstroke or heatstroke.


Apply Sunscreen

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Beauty and health advocates have been spreading the importance of applying sunscreen for a while now. Using sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays or experiencing sunstroke as it keeps your skin hydrated. It can also protect against long-term issues like hyperpigmentation, dryness, leathery skin, and premature wrinkles. During these sweltering days, applying sunscreen daily and regularly is favoured. 


Wear Appropriate Clothing

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Another precaution that you could take would be wearing the proper clothing. Keep your body cool to avoid sunstroke by picking lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-coloured clothing. Also, topping your outfit off with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can offer extra protection against sun heat.


Seek Shade And Chilly Places

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When you are outdoors, Look for any shaded areas such as canopies, trees, or huge buildings that create shade, and stand beneath them or use umbrellas to create your shade. Avoid direct interaction with the sunrays as much as possible. When indoors, air conditioners and fans should be in motion to cool the space. If you don’t have the necessities to keep your place cold, seek public areas such as malls or libraries that are air-conditioned to spend some time there.


Avoid Coffee!

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Limit your consumption of coffee as it can cause dehydration, especially on hot days. To stay safe during these days, consider switching to healthier drinks with minimal caffeine. You can check this link, where we suggest the best alternatives for caffeine. 


Take Cool Showers

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Diving under cold water is one of the best cures after an intense sunny day. Once you are home, taking a cold shower or bath is advisable to cool off and lower your body temperature.


Monitor Your Health

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Keep an eye on your body. Immediately cool down and hydrate yourself if you start to experience heat exhaustion symptoms, like excessive sweating, weakness, nausea, or dizziness. Seek medical assistance if your symptoms don’t go away or get worse.