'Don't put face masks in the freezer' Dr Amir issues warning for keeping cool in the heat

But avoid putting your face mask in the freezer, exclaimed Dr Amir on ITV’s Lorraine. He explained: “They [Face masks] can get very hot, particularly now. It’s important not to put your mask in the freezer. Lots of people have been doing that and have found that it actually causes freezer burns around their face.

To help keep cool in the heat, Dr Amir offered some other tips and tricks.

One product he recommended getting was a portable neck fan.

He said: “It helps control your heat levels. It blows air upwards…it’s a bit like having a summer breeze all the time.”

Hydration is also key when it comes to hot weather.


Dr Amir explained: “It controls your blood pressure, your electrolyte balance…

“Drink two litres of water a day.”

He also recommended buying a cooling vest: “It’s got cooling gels inside these pockets that are actually very soothing.

“Not sure how practical it is, but the aim is to keep you cool.”

It’s also important to watch out for signs of heat related illness.

The health body warns: “If you or someone else feels unwell with a high temperature during hot weather, it may be heat exhaustion or heatstroke.”

Signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • a headache
  • dizziness and confusion
  • loss of appetite and feeling sick
  • excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
  • cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
  • fast breathing or pulse
  • a high temperature of 38C or above
  • being very thirsty

If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion, they need to be cooled down.

Signs of heatstroke include:

  • feeling unwell after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water
  • not sweating even while feeling too hot
  • a high temperature of 40C or above
  • fast breathing or shortness of breath
  • feeling confused
  • a fit (seizure)
  • loss of consciousness
  • not responsive

if you or someone else have any signs of heatstroke, call 999. 

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