Health Quironsalud experts offer some keys to maintaining health in summer

Quironsalud experts offer some keys to maintaining health in summer

Quironsalud experts offer some keys to maintaining health in summer

The arrival of summer and high temperatures implies adapting the care of our body and even more in the elderly, children and pregnant women who suffer greater risks. Given this, the Quironsalud hospitals in Andalusia with their centers in Seville (Sagrado Corazon, Infanta Luisa and Materno-Infantil), Huelva, Cordoba, Campo de Gibraltar, Malaga and Marbella recommend following the following tips to enjoy the summer and holidays .

Dr. Ignacio Valenzuela, dermatologist at Hospital Quironsalud Cordoba, stressed that “it is crucial to pay special attention to caring for our skin to protect it from the damaging effects of the sun and keep it healthy.” For this reason, using and reapplying broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 50+), avoiding prolonged sun exposure and at peak hours, as well as staying hydrated and increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables, are simple tips so that our skin does not suffer serious damage.



As for hair health, Dr. Jose Manuel Tapia Soria, a specialist in the Hair Medicine and Surgery Unit of the Quironsalud Infanta Luisa Hospital, explains the importance of taking care of hair against sun exposure and irritating agents such as chlorine or salt . The specialist recommends rinsing hair with cold water to improve circulation to the scalp and help eliminate residues, clarifying that “it is not necessary that the entire washing process be with cold water, just the last rinse.” Lastly, he advises protecting hair with hats and caps, using a specific sunscreen and providing extra hydration with masks or serums.

Nutrition is an aspect that influences our body in a general way. In summer, maintaining hydration is essential since the body loses a large amount of fluid through perspiration and dehydration and loss of mineral salts must be fundamentally avoided. Ainhoa ​​Romero Piedra, nutritionist at Hospital Quironsalud Sagrado Corazon, points out the importance of compensating for losses by increasing hydration (drinking without thirst), through water, isotonic drinks, vegetable and fruit smoothies, such as gazpacho or smoothies, and avoiding, at all times, excess alcohol, as it accelerates dehydration. In addition, she recommends eating light meals and opting for salads and fruits, limiting fat and fried foods as much as possible, since they hinder digestion and considerably increase the sensation of heat.

Cancer patients must also adapt some extra precautions in summer, as explained by Dr. Diego Perez Martinez, a specialist in the Comprehensive Department of Oncology at Hospital Quironsalud Marbella.

If this patient decides to go on a trip, it is essential to schedule it in advance and after consulting their oncologist so that decisions can be made that allow them to fit into the planned treatment cycles. It is advisable not to travel to places where the weather or orography are extreme, as well as places with difficult access to sanitary facilities.

Finally, they should take their recent oncology report with them and make sure they have all the necessary measurements during their stay.

The child population also requires specific care during the summer. As explained by Dr. Manuel Baca Cots, head of the Pediatric service at Hospital Quironsalud Malaga, the sun is highly damaging to the eyes and hence the importance of offering the little ones sunglasses with protection against ultraviolet rays. When dressing them, you should opt for light colored clothing, as well as shoes that keep your feet dry.

The specialist adds the importance of monitoring external otitis also called swimmer’s ear, highly painful and caused by infection of the ear canal by water, as well as in the case of girls vaginitis that could be avoided by keeping the area dry and with clothes breathable.

Referring to the elderly population, from the age of 65, the head of the Internal Medicine service of the Quironsalud Huelva Hospital, Christian Leyva Prado, explains the importance among the elderly of avoiding going out and walking at central hours of the day and to maximize the protection from the sun in order not to suffer a heat stroke. It is difficult to diagnose this situation among the elderly population due to the confusion of symptoms, but it should always be considered in times of high temperatures since the prognosis is directly related to the speed of action.

Pregnant women are the most sensitive group to high temperatures. “They require more body water to meet the metabolic demands of the fetus and are more sensitive to sun exposure due to hormonal changes,” says Cristina Martinez Pancorbo, a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Quironsalud Sevilla Maternal-Infant Hospital. To avoid problems related to these particularities that suffer during pregnancy, the doctor lists a series of tips, such as frequently drinking water and lightly digested foods, wearing loose clothing that promotes perspiration or avoiding standing for long periods of time to avoid congestion. swelling of legs and ankles.

Finally, in relation to allergies, Dr. Ignacio Garcia Nunez, head of the Allergology service at Quironsalud Campo de Gibraltar and Cordoba, explains that “during the summer we change habits and this can have consequences in the allergic section. Going more to the beach, the countryside or outdoors increases exposure to insect bites and contact with them can cause considerable allergic reactions. Therefore, we must use products such as repellents or antihistamines if necessary. On vacation, situations of food excesses can also occur, so allergic reactions can also occur due to consuming products in restaurants or beach bars that we are not used to during the rest of the year.

About Quironsalud

Quironsalud is the leading hospital group in Spain and, together with its parent Fresenius-Helios, also in Europe. In addition to its activity in Spain, Quironsalud is also present in Latin America, particularly in Colombia and Peru. Together, it has more than 45,000 professionals in more than 180 health centers, among which are 58 hospitals with more than 8,000 hospital beds. It has the most advanced technology and a large team of highly specialized professionals of international prestige. Among its centers are the Fundacion Jimenez Diaz University Hospital, Teknon Medical Center, Ruber Internacional, Quironsalud Madrid University Hospital, Quironsalud Barcelona Hospital, Dexeus University Hospital, Gipuzkoa Polyclinic, General University Hospital of Catalonia, Quironsalud Sagrado Corazon Hospital, etc.

The group works on the promotion of teaching (ten of its hospitals are university) and medical-scientific research (it has the FJD Health Research Institute, accredited by the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation).

Likewise, its care service is organized into units and transversal networks that allow optimizing the experience accumulated in the different centers and the clinical translation of its investigations. Quironsalud is currently developing a multitude of research projects throughout Spain and many of its centers carry out cutting-edge work in this area, being pioneers in different specialties such as oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, gynecology and neurology, among others.

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