Cork doctor warns to guard against sunburn and heat stroke as hot weather continues

Cork doctor warns to guard against sunburn and heat stroke as hot weather continues
The De Metrick and Simmons girls from Rhode Island, USA, enjoying the sunshine at Inchydoney, Co. Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.

CORK people have been advised to defend against heat stroke and severe sunburn as Ireland goes through its hottest summer in decades.

The rising temperatures and long sunny spells can lead to an increase in severe sunburns and heat stroke, while also posing the long-term risk of skin cancer.

While he encouraged people to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather, Cork GP Dr John Sheehan (FF) warned of the dangers it can pose.

With temperatures in the high 20s and set to remain there for the coming days, Dr Sheehan said SouthDoc has already catered for patients with heat stroke and severe sunburn.

“Heat stroke is very dangerous and people can die from it so it’s important people take extra care during this sunny spell,” he added.

“It’s important to stay hydrated and cool and to avoid spending prolonged periods in the sun.

“Heat stroke can result in headaches, chills and feeling very ill and I’d advise anyone who thinks they or someone they know might have it to seek immediate advice,” said Dr Sheehan.

“Older people and young children can be particularly vulnerable during this period so it’s important to keep an eye on them.” 

Meanwhile, Cork’s Idaho Cafe has been offering to refill people’s water bottles in a bid to keep them hydrated and prevent an increase in plastic waste.

Manager Richard Jacob tweeted that anywhere with the symbol offers a free tap refill for anyone on the move.

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