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Ice Bucket caution

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Ice Bucket caution

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Doctors are throwing cold water on some who have plans on taking the popular Ice Bucket Challenge, which has made its way here.

While they are in support of the philanthropic element and the fun involved in dumping a container of ice water over someone’s head, two physicians have spoken to some of the ill effects which can result.

They have also identified several categories of people who should forgo the challenge, and make a monetary contribution to the particular cause instead.

Family physicians Dr Colin Alert and Dr Adrian Lorde have advised that people with chronic diseases and other serious illnesses should stay clear of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Young children and people over 65 are also listed in that vulnerable group.

“The main problem from a medical point of view is the possibility of hypothermia – the sudden change in temperature that can occur as a result of the bucket of ice on the body. Some people might not react properly to that,” said Lorde.

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