Stay hydrated as the heatwave is expected to end in mid-September

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KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysians are encouraged to stay hydrated and beware of heat-related illness by dehydration and loss of electrolytes due to the current heatwave nationwide.

The South-west monsoon has resulted in a hot and dry climate from now until mid-September.

Medical Associate Professor and Public Health Physician Dr Mohd Dzulkhairi Mohd Rani from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia caution the public against exercising during peak heat weather conditions to prevent elevating one’s core body temperature and risking additional strain.

It is crucial to stay hydrated during exercise to avoid rising body temperature.

Malaysians can also opt for constant showering to cool down the body and to reduce body temperature. Heat exhaustion may occur as a result of dehydration, with non-specific symptoms such as malaise, vomiting and circulatory collapse.

It occurs when the core body temperature is between 37°C and 40°C. Heat exhaustion if left untreated may evolve into heatstroke which the body’s thermoregulation mechanism fails. -BERNAMA

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