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Published: Saturday June 21, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday June 21, 2014 MYT 11:54:34 AM

Sweltering heat keeping doctors busy

Multi-tasking: A woman using an umbrella while cycling under the hot sun in Pandamaran, Klang.

Multi-tasking: A woman using an umbrella while cycling under the hot sun in Pandamaran, Klang.

PETALING JAYA: The hot weather is more than just bothersome for many. Checks with several clinics show that the number of people falling ill and seeing a doctor is also on the rise.

Primecare Clinic’s Dr Chandra Vathana Selvarajah said here the number of patients visiting the clinic had increased in the last 10 days from between 50 and 60 people a day to between 70 and 80.

“Viral infections are very prevalent and many people are coming in with high temperatures at around 38°C,“ she said.

“Infections in the upper respiratory tract are the most common, like flu, cough, sore throat and sinuses.”

She also attributed the extreme changes in surrounding temperature when walking inside and outside of cold air-conditioned offices and stress to be a cause that weakens the immune system of office workers.

Dr. Anthony Gabriel of Polyclinic Family, Shah Alam, said more people of all ages have been falling sick these past few days due to the hot weather.

“Our immune system is lowered through dehydration so it is not a surprise to see people coming in with flu, cough and sore throats, It’s the same as last year,” he said.

Dr Madhusudhan from Yap & Looi Clinic in Cheras said that children below the age of 12 and adults above the age of 50 were most prone to fall ill.

“Both of these groups have lower immune systems, the young do not keep to a healthy diet and eat more fast foods while the older ones are more sensitive to temperature changes in the surroundings,” he added.

He also recommended that people should drink at least two to three liters of water per day to avoid dehydration and consume more fruits as they contain natural Vitamin C.

According to the Meteorological Department Malaysia, the maximum temperature yesterday in Petaling Jaya was 35.6°C and 35.8°C in Subang with no sight of rain until next Thursday.

Tags / Keywords: Health, Family & Community, doctor, hot weather

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