Stomach pain at high temperatures: Heat waves cause more gastrointestinal patients
Created: 08/10/2022, 07:00
By: Juliane Gutmann
It's hardly been summery for a few days at a time, do you get a stomach ache?
Heat promotes gastrointestinal problems, according to a gastroenterologist.
Temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius are not a summer dream for everyone.
Many people struggle with circulatory problems during heat waves.
The risk of heat damage such as sunstroke or heat stroke also increases in summer.
And to top it all off, gastrointestinal problems are more common.
"The combination of heat and stress can damage the intestinal flora so much and trigger gastrointestinal complaints up to and including gastrointestinal infections," says the website of the Barmherzige Brüder Clinic in St. Veit/Glan in Austria.
Why heat and stomach pain often go hand in hand?
The following causes can be behind it:
Heat puts a strain on the immune system
You are more susceptible to various pathogens, such as bacteria that cause gastrointestinal infections.
High temperatures cause food to spoil faster
because bacteria can multiply better.
Food poisoning can result.
High temperatures not only affect gastrointestinal health. The heat can also increase the heart rate. Read here what athletes in particular should consider with regard to their heart rate.
High temperatures not only affect gastrointestinal health.
The heat can also increase the heart rate.
Read here what athletes in particular should consider with regard to their heart rate.
Stomach pain can spoil a nice and warm summer day.
Changed intestinal flora due to heat: Severe stomach pains should lead to a doctor
Seven days after a heat wave, more patients with a gastrointestinal illness visit the hospital than on other days.
This is the conclusion of the research team led by Christine Manser from the Clinic for Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University Hospital Zurich, as reported by the SRF.
The typical symptoms of a gastrointestinal infection: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
These symptoms should be clarified by a doctor, according to information from the Barmherzige Brüder hospital, among other things to prevent dangerous dehydration.
“The signs of dehydration are dark-colored urine, dry mucous membranes, fatigue, lethargy, and apathy.
Older people over 65 and pregnant women should see a doctor as soon as possible,” says internist and senior physician Dr.
Karin Steidl quoted in a statement from the clinic.
These viruses and bacteria make us sick
View photo gallery
A study from Switzerland was able to show that seven days after a heat wave, more patients with a gastrointestinal disease visit the hospital than on other days.
“The number of illnesses and admissions to the clinic increased significantly.
And with every day that the heat wave lasted,” Swiss biochemist and study author Thomas Frei is quoted as saying by Deutschlandfunk.
Extreme temperatures would also have an immediate impact on patients with chronic inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn's disease and could trigger new flare-ups.
"One explanation could be that the increased body temperature also leads to changes in the intestinal flora.
If the intestinal flora changes as a result of the heat, this could stimulate the immune system and worsen the symptoms," says senior physician Dr.