6S: Common ailments to avoid this summer

Before you hit the road for that planned summer trip, you may want to check the government's advice on staying safe while traveling to the country's favorite vacation spots.

The Department of Health (DoH) has recently issued guidelines on preventing six common summer diseases and conditions, which it dubbed 6S.

These are sore eyes, sunburn, sipon at ubo, suka at tae, sakit sa balat, and sakmal ng aso (colds and cough, food poisoning, skin disease and dog bites).

"This summer, millions of Filipinos are expected to travel all over the country seeking fun and entertainment," DoH said.

"Making your summer escapades danger proof is possible," it added.

Sore eyes, which DoH said can lead to blindness when mistreated, may be caused by bacteria or viruses that are transferred from person to person.

Pinoys have been warned against using eye drops without seeing a doctor first, even as DoH noted that spreading may be prevent by hand washing.

Sun burn is an easier problem to prevent, with DoH urging Pinoys to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Generous amounts of sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher should also be applied 30 minutes before exposure to the sun.

A second application may be necessary for prolonged exposure, with DoH saying that the ears, nape areas and feet.

Pinoys have also been reminded to drink eight to 12 glasses of water to avoid heat stroke.

Erratic weather, which bring sudden downpour during summertime, may meanwhile lead to cough and colds, DoH said.

Hand washing may help prevent contraction of virus causing these illnesses, even as the government advised getting influenza shots.

Traveler should also be wary about consuming food and drinks during out-of-town trips, especially as the warm temperature hastens food spoilage.

Skin infections are also common during summer months, especially due to swimming in dirty water or unmaintained public swimming pools.

Parents have also been told to watch out for stray dogs especially as kids go out to play more often during the summer break.

Dog bites can lead to rabies if wounds are not properly washed and cared for, DoH said, while urging vaccines for for pet dogs and those who sustain dog bits.

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