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Health Tips to Combat the Haze

It doesn’t take alarming Air Pollutant Index readings to set off health alarm bells. As the haze hits Klang Valley, we’ve compiled a quick list on protecting yourself and your family from the haze.

by / Published: 24 Jun 2014

Health Tips to Combat the Haze
It doesn’t take alarming Air Pollutant Index (API) readings or a quick look out the window to set off health alarm bells. With the haze hitting Klang Valley for the second time this year, and said to continue until September, we made a quick update on our list of health tips on protecting yourself and your family from the smog.
 
 
+ STAY INDOORS AND KEEP THE HAZE OUT
Keep the harmful debris out, close all windows and doors. Place a wet towel or mat in between door gaps. As haze is a common occurance in Malaysia, it wouldn't be a bad idea to invest in an air purifier for the home. 
 
If you can’t bear staying indoors to watch another re-run of Downtown Abbey, pamper yourself at the spa, head to the gym, or take on a craft project with the kids.
 
As much as we’d love to take off for an exotic island getaway or for some crisp mountain air until the smog clears, we all have our commitments in Malaysia. For a realistic hazecation, check-in for the day at a hotel spa or head off for a weekend getaway at one of our Best of Malaysia Award winners.  
 
 
 
+ MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET
Boost your immune system and up your fruit and vegetable intake—all the more reason to experiment cooking at home or host that impromptu cook-off or cooking class with friends. 
 
 
+ WEAR A MASK / COVER NOSE AND MOUTH WHEN OUTDOORS
If you don’t have time to pick up an n95 mask from your local pharmacy, or if they’ve run out, cover your mouth and nose with a damp face cloth/towel when you’re exposed to the haze. 
 
 
+ STAY HYDRATED
Drink at least two litres of water daily and carry a small bottle of water when you’re out and about. Avoid or cut down on alcohol and coffee (yes, yes…we know…we personally finding this health tip particularly challenging too)
 
 
+ AVOID WEARING CONTACT LENSES
If you're a contact lense user, swap them for a pair of glasses whenever possible to reduce eye irritation. Alternatively, carry a bottle of eye drops with you and use as and when needed.
 
 
+ SPECIAL ATTENTION
Children, senior citizens, pregnant women and people with respiratory and skin problems should take extra precaution and avoid being outdoors whenever possible. 
 
 
IMPORTANT: Should you feel unwell seek medical attention immediately. See our list of hospitals in Malaysia in our Essentials guide. 
 
Have any additional tips to share? Tweet us @ELMalaysia
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