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iHealth – it has been reported that yogurt should not be applied to sunburns that occur frequently in extreme temperatures.

Antalya Public Health Director Specialist Dr. explained that ingredients such as yogurt should definitely not be applied in sunburns. Never use yogurt “In order to relieve the pain, the area should only be kept under the cold water tap, and if blisters have formed, they should not be popped,” doctor said.

As Turkey grapples with a heat wave that is above seasonal norms, experts have made important warnings. Antalya Public Health Director Specialist Doctor said that extreme temperatures cause severe diseases that occur with the loss of salt and water in the human body called ‘hot emphasis’. Specialist Doctor noted that the human body tries to keep the heat in balance by changing the rate and amount of blood circulation, losing water through the skin and sweat glands, and increasing breathing and heartbeat when the body temperature rises above 37 degrees.

The most affected by the temperature, that is, those at risk are children, the elderly, heart and lung patients, and those with different skin diseases. At least 2- 2.5 liters of liquid should be consumed every day, cold and iced drinks should not be preferred. Between 10.00 – 16.00, the hours when the effect of the sun’s rays is strong, the sun’s rays should definitely be avoided.

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Specialist Doctor also said that a person who has been exposed to heat stroke should be taken from a sunny-warm area and immediately moved to a cool-shaded place. Specialist Doctor explained the following:

“Her clothes should be removed, her body wiped with a soaked cheesecloth, and she should be cooled with a fan. Ice should be wrapped in hand cloths and a cold compress should be applied to the armpits, groin and head of the person. Every 5 minutes, the patient’s fever should be measured and the body temperature should be tried to reduce to 37- 38 degrees. It should also be taken care that the fever does not drop below 37 degrees. Since the patient has a high probability of vomiting, nothing should be given orally, oral nutrition of the patient can only be possible if he calms down. However, warm drinks can be given if the person is to be transported a long distance. If an improvement in the patient’s condition cannot be detected, there is a clouding of consciousness, and this turbidity is increasing, the person should be taken to the nearest medical center.”

Never use yogurt

Specialist Doctor said that in case of sunburn, the person should also be taken to a shady place. “There is no need to put anything on top of the burn for sunburns that may occur after sunbathing, and certainly ingredients such as yogurt should not be used. For the relief of pain in a simple burn, it will be enough to simply hold the area under the cold water tap or apply a cold compress. If bubbles have formed, they should not be burst. Because the water in the bubbles is germ-free and there will be no infection of the wound unless it is burst. A doctor should be consulted in cases that require intervention,” he said.

What needs to be done to maintain health in extreme temperatures

1- Slow down your movements: Heavy work should be slowed down or done at the coolest time of the day. Those who are at risk should be located in the most suitable cool places.

2- Spend more time in cool or air-conditioned areas: Air conditioners in homes and businesses reduce heat-related hazards.

3- Wear summer clothes: Light, light-colored clothes reflect heat and sunlight, and help the body maintain its normal temperature. Cotton clothes should be preferred over synthetic clothes.

4- Make some adjustments to nutrition: Heavy meat dishes and fatty pastries both slow down the daily pace and increase the risk of blood pressure and heart disease. Therefore, one should be very careful when choosing food. First of all, vegetables and fruits should be consumed. Again, milk and its derivatives such as yogurt and buttermilk should not be missing from the tables.

5- Drink plenty of water or other liquids: Our body needs water to stay cool. During periods of high air temperature, it is necessary to drink plenty of fluids, even during periods when there is no need to thirst, fluid consumption should not be missing. It is useful to take liquids such as fresh juices, soda, herbal teas, with the priority being water. The total amount of liquid should not be less than 2 liters. Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Do not drink carbonated drinks.

6- Never leave children and small pets alone in a closed car: the temperature may rise to 60 degrees in a closed car. Exposure to such a temperature can lead to death.

7- Be protected from the sun’s rays: Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen when going out if you have to go out into the sun. Avoid the midday sun unless you have a hard time. Cancer patients, chemotherapy patients or those with various skin diseases should pay special attention to skin protection from sun’s rays.

8- Try to control the rise in body temperature: Frequent showers should be taken so that the body temperature does not rise, when this is not possible, the feet, hands, face and nape should be soaked or wiped with cold water.


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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