Taoyuan County has seen a 30 percent increase in residents being hospitalized due to extreme heat since last month, and doctors are calling on the public to reduce their outside activities during the day and to hydrate on a regular basis.
The Taoyuan County Fire Department said it had received an increased number of calls by people complaining of heatstroke symptoms, adding that the peak time for these calls was between 9am and 4pm.
According to Landseed Hospital Division of Daily Medicine head Chen Sheng-ping (陳聲平), most victims of heat-related medical conditions are those who do manual labor for sustained periods in the sun.
Chen said many participants in running events also suffered heatstroke, citing a case from an event last month during which six participants exhibited symptoms of dehydration, dizziness and high body temperature, with some even going into shock.
“Extreme exercisers should seek to avoid the high-temperature times of the day, but if it is unavoidable, they should keep hydrated,” Chen said.
“When temperatures soar above 30?C, it is suggested that those performing hard labor should take a rest every half hour and drink at least 50cc to 100cc of liquids,” he added.
Chen advised resting every 15 minutes when temperatures exceed 35?C, adding that if one sweats profusely, it is wise to add some salt to drinking water to prevent an imbalance of electrolytes.
According to Chen, people who are unfit or have chronic diseases or endocrine problems may also be prone to heatstroke, as their bodies may have difficulty regulating their temperature.
Heatstroke symptoms include dizziness or feeling weak, Chen said, and people should take care to consume at least 2 liters of liquids per day to help the body regulate its temperature.
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