Tips on Preventing Dehydration and Heatstroke During the Summer
It’s summer time, that means school is out, and the beaches are open. With the sun’s rays beaming, sunscreen is at its highest in demand. In order to stay safe in the summer sun, there are a few things you and your family should do to avoid dehydration and heatstroke during the hotter months. Continue reading for more on tips for preventing dehydration and heatstroke during summer.
Symptoms of Dehydration
Dehydration is the result of not having enough water in the body. A few common, mild symptoms include:
- Dry or sticky mouth
- Dark urine
- Muscle cramps
More severe symptoms of dehydration include very dry skin, rapid breathing and heartbeat, sunken eyes, and fainting.
Symptoms of Heatstroke
Heat stroke on the other hand has symptoms of extremely warm skin, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fainting, mental confusion, and even seizures. If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms in addition to heat exposure, it’s vital to seek medical attention immediately.
Extreme dehydration could cause damage to your kidneys and some of your other organs. Heat stroke is more commonly known for causing damage to the brain.
Prevent Dehydration and Heatstroke with Water
Water may be the most abundant substance on earth, but it’s not always convenient. We suggest purchasing a reusable water bottle that you can use at home and on the go. Your body needs water in order to maintain temperature, digest food, and to ensure that everything works properly.
A good rule of thumb is to drink six to eight glasses of water per day. However, the more active you are, the more water you will need. Do what you need to do in order to ensure that you are properly hydrated. Set timers. Have a stash of water in every room. Just make sure that you are doing all you can to stay hydrated this summer.
Prevent Dehydration and Heatstroke by Monitoring Electrolytes
Electrolyte balance is a major part of keeping your body hydrated. The key to maintaining a good electrolyte balance is to monitor the amount of sweat you are producing. If you are producing a lot of sweat, you need to replenish the electrolytes lost. One of the most popular ways to replenish your electrolytes is through sports drinks or electrolyte infused water.
Prevent Heatstroke and Dehydration by Minimizing Alcohol Intake
Alcohol is a substance that accelerates the dehydration process. In times where you may be lounging by the pool with a cocktail, you may be doing more harm than you realize. This is why you should not only drink responsibly by minimizing the amount of alcohol that you are taking in, but drink water between beverages to ensure that you are maintaining your hydration. Dehydration also enhances the effects of a hangover, so prevent your headache tomorrow and drink water today.
Contact the Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski
If you or a loved one has suffered from dehydration or heat stroke due to a work-related incident, you have a right to speak to a qualified Atlanta personal injury attorney. At Kaplan & Lukowski LLP, we offer a rare mix of legal and medical experience that gives us a clear advantage over other law firms.
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