NEED TO TAKE HEALTH PRECAUTIONS DURING HAZE PERIOD
With the lingering haze and these periods becoming more often and lasting longer than expected, its a good time to find out what health precautions you will need to take during the haze period.
Haze : Stay Safe
To check the daily air quality you might want to check out this site HERE which gives you the Real-Time Air Quality Index (updated on the hour) where you can see the PSI (Pollutant Standard Index) but more importantly the PM2.5 which measures the ‘fine particles’.
Understanding the numbers and levels of the air quality index can be difficult. Here is a scale you can refer to along with the colour which this level is usually indicated in:-
- 0 – 50 Good (Green)
- 51 – 100 Moderate (Yellow)
- 101 – 150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Orange)
- 151 – 200 Unhealthy for all Groups (Red)
- 201 – 300 Very Unhealthy (Purple)
- 301 – 500 Hazardous (Maroon)
The Sensitive Groups are at risk even with lower PM2.5 levels. These Sensitive Groups refer to the elderly, babies and those with existing breathing problems (such as asthma).
Juice up on Antioxidants
Haze does carry an array of free-radical particles that damage the body. The body draws antioxidants to protect the cells from damages caused by these particles. Over time our bodies lose the ability to synthesise antioxidants, hence it is imperative that we constantly supply our bodies with antioxidant-rich food and beverages.
It’s time to stock up on juice and fill the body with some antioxidant rich and tasty fruit juices.
Why not get the antioxidant dose you need with the limited edition F&N Fruit Tee Fresh Antioxidant Pack, comprising three delicious juices that are chock-full of vitamins. The antioxidant pack is available at major supermarkets and hypermarkets at a recommended selling price of $5.95.
Wound cover up
Open wounds need to be kept covered as the air-borne particles can increase the risks of infection (we like 3M Nexcare™ Hydrocolloid bandages and dressings). Should a wound not be healing as normal, signs of redness around the wound or unusual oozing, then do consult with a doctor immediately.
Eyes are also troubled by the lingering haze, eye baths and regular cleansing of the eyes his highly recommended. See more eye care information below..
Eyes need extra care and attention during the haze periods. Here are 5 ways to maintain healthy and beautiful eyes during the haze:-
- Blink, Blink, Blink – Blinking regulates tears and cleanses the surface of the eye, that’s why we tend to blink our eyes more when we find it uncomfortable or dry.
- Hydrate – Stay hydrated this dry season As your body consists of 70% water, it is important to maintain hydration for excellent physical and mental performance. If you’re feeling thirsty, time to drink up!
- Comfort in the Wind – Maintain healthy, fresh eyes even while battling the dust in the wind. Biotrue ONEday disposable contact lenses retain 98% moisture providing maximum comfort and convenience all day.
- Eye Cleansing – Keep dust particles and irritants out of your eyes by using eye drops and eyewash regularly. Bring the sparkle back into your eyes and wash out the dust.
- Help is at Hand – If your eyes are particularly itchy and, after trying the above precautions, you see no improvement in 2 to 3 days then we strongly advise you contact your eye care professional for a consultation immediately.
Thank you to biotrue for this eye care information.
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