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How to avoid and fight summer diarrhea

How to avoid and fight summer diarrhea

The dream of putting aside the worries to spend a few days on the beach is what makes a lot of people put up with the rush of the end of the year. But it is not uncommon for rest days to become nightmares: spoiled or poorly preserved foods, untreated water, and lack of hydration are common coastal problems that end up yielding many cases of diarrhea in the summer. "Beaches full of bathers and crowded restaurants, where hygiene is not always enough, are perfect environments for the proliferation of viruses and bacteria," says Clinical General Claudio Miguel Rufino of Unifesp. But the complications do not stop there, and to get away from them, see the specialist's recommendations.

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Virus, bacteria and parasites

Keep food out of the refrigerator for long, contact with the sand (where animals can pass) and the large number of people on the beach make this environment a paradise for the proliferation of disease-causing microorganisms. "Viruses are usually passed from one person to another. Bacteria cause contamination from food," says the doctor. "Failure to care for hand cleansing is one of the major triggers of disease," he adds.

Prevent

1. Only consume food in places where the provenance is safe. Avoid snacks from strollers and stalls without adequate hygiene - be sure to wear gloves, caps and also the way the dishes are stored. You can also take some food from home to make your snack in a safer way.

2. Wash your hands with clean, soapy water. Also worth having a bottle of alcohol gel in the beach bag for emergency situations. Also remember to clean the cutlery on the beach and always wash the beer or soda can, eliminating the risks of contamination by improper storage.

Combat: at the slightest sign of malaise, seek a nearby emergency room and do not take any type of medicine without a prescription.

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Contaminated water

Neither do you think it is necessary to do so. always the sea water is suitable for bathing. Contamination by seaweed or sewage is a risk that should be avoided - problems in disregarding the recommendation range from severe skin allergies to intoxication or infections. In addition, nothing to take mineral water without sealing or of unknown marks. Handcrafted popsicles are also a health hazard as there is no guarantee that the production has been carried out hygienically. Hydration is essential, but take your liquids home or buy them in establishments where there is no doubt about the conservation or origin of the products.

Prevent

1. Spend your free time on beaches where there has been no recent contamination warning, even if it is necessary to walk a little or get the car. In regions of improper sea, it is worth even passing away from the sand (which can be contaminated by high and low tidal movements).

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2. If you just want to walk along the seashore, do this in tennis shoes or other comfortable closed shoes.

3. Do not drink water from the tap. And if you are going to reuse the bottle of mineral water, do not forget to wash the bottle thoroughly.

Food poisoning

Even if you do all your meals at home, food poisoning is a threat in the summer. With the heat, food spoils easily and the body suffers from the action of bacteria.

So, pack the beach pantry in an airy room and take care that the refrigerator is not open all the time, ensuring proper refrigeration for your purchases.

Care is also taken when cooking. The water used in the preparation must be mineral or filtered - if it is not possible, remove the tap and boil before use. "More resistant biscuits, grains and fruits, apple case, are options to keep out of the refrigerator without risk of intoxication," suggests the clinician.


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