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Health Min urges against taking icy cold shower in winter

As upper parts of Thailand are experiencing wintry conditions, the Ministry of Public Health has advised people in those areas to avoid taking a cold shower due to possible adverse health effects.

Permanent Secretary for Public Health Sophon Mekthon pointed out that the cold weather is currently drawing many visitors to natural sites and places of high altitudes around the country. Ahead of their trip, he said the travelers should prepare themselves physically and make sure they have adequate winter clothing to wear.

While there, Mr Sophon insisted that the visitors are strongly discouraged from showering in extremely cold water. He explained that the abrupt change in temperature could trigger strong neurological responses in the body, possibly leading to shortness of breath, contraction of blood vessels, swinging blood pressure, shock and unconsciousness. In some cases, the conditions could result in death from hypotension.

As a safer approach, the Permanent Secretary suggested wiping the body with a damp cloth in order to allow the body temperature to come down slowly before showering. Warming the body immediately afterwards is also highly recommended.

NNT

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