Summertime is officially here, and we all know what that means – it’s time for fun in the sun and hanging out by the pool- lake- or beach-side. We here at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates want you to have a good time this summer, but we also want you to stay safe and healthy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 million Americans are susceptible to heat-related illnesses annually. Complications from these illnesses help contribute to 675 people to the annual death toll. We don’t want you to be another statistic, so keep these symptoms of dehydration in mind when you are having fun this summer:
- Dry lips and tongue
- Lack of energy
- Feeling overheated
Properly identifying these symptoms and taking immediate action, like drinking cold water and getting in the AC or under some shade, can help prevent common heat-related illnesses such as:
- Heat cramps – painful cramps in the abdominals or upper and lower extremities (arms and legs)
- Heat exhaustion – dizziness, headaches, weakness, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain and sometimes unconsciousness
- Heat stroke: a core temperature of 104 F or higher and other symptoms including: nausea and vomiting, seizures, disorientation or delirium, lack of sweat, shortness of breath and unconsciousness or coma
What is important is to pay attention to your body and those around you. Constantly drinking water and taking breaks from the sun can help make all the difference in the world. It’s also important to note that the thermometer doesn’t have to reach past 100 degrees in order for dehydration to be a risk. You can see symptoms of dehydration even when it is 90 degrees outside.
Have fun this summer, and above all, stay safe.