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3 Tips to Get Rid of Heat Illness as Viral Fever, Diarrhoea Cases Spike in Delhi/NCR

According to doctors, one of the main reasons for viral fever is drinking cold water immediately after getting exposed to sun. Here’s how you can prevent it.

Published: March 31, 2022 11:05 AM IST

By Lifestyle Staff | Edited by KS Swati

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Viral fever and diarrhea cases are increasing each day. With the increase in mercury past the 35 degrees Celsius mark last week, several outdoor patient departments (OPDs) in Ghaziabad and GB Nagar are seeing a rise in these cases. Cases are increasing due to viral fever and diarrhea infection. According to doctors, one of the main reasons for viral fever is drinking cold water immediately after getting exposed to sun.

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Dr Rajpal Singh, a senior consultant at MMG hospital in Ghaziabad, in conversation with TOI said that the weather is still in the process of transition and people are just getting used to the heat. Dr Rajpal said,” During this period, one must be very careful to avoid catching fever, cough and cold. Many people have a habit of consuming food that has been left outside for more than four hours which may cause diarrheal infection.

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According to doctor, the hospital was also seeing an increase in number of patients complaining about viral fever and other summer-related health issues. It is important that people are mindful about the source of water, cautioned doctor Rajpal.

Doctor Rajpal warned people to avoid stepping out of house in sun in an empty stomach as it could lead to heat strokes and dehydration. Dr Vikas Kheria of district combined hospital said to TOI,” In a number of cases, people face diarrheal infection as they drink juice from roadside stalls without checking if they are prepared hygienically. There has been a 10% increase in such cases in the OPD and the number is likely to go further up if people do not take care.”

Here Are 8 Symptoms of Diarrhea

  • Abdominal cramps or pain
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Blood in stool
  • Mucus in stool
  • Urgency to have a bowel movement

How to Avoid Diarrhea?

  • Hydration. With the increase in mercury level, you need to stay hydrated.
  • Do not consume contaminated water, unhygienic food, stale food or food left in open for more than 4 hours.
  • Make sure you are washing your hands before consuming food. This helps in preventing the spread of infectious diarrhoea.

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