Summer Heat- Staying Hydrated

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Staying hydrated is essential during hot summer days. Untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition that occurs when your body temperature reaches 104 F (40 C) or higher. Heatstroke requires immediate medical attention to prevent permanent damage to your brain and other vital organs that can result in death.

What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion?

  1. profuse sweating
  2. weakness
  3. muscle cramps
  4. headache, and
  5. nausea and vomiting.

As dehydration increases from the loss of body water, lightheadedness may occur along with fainting (syncope) if the affected individual stands up quickly (due to orthostatic hypotension). You may also experience a low grade fever.  If you experience any of these symptoms you should get out of the sun and seek medical attention right away.

Children can be very susceptible to heat exhaustion so please make sure they drink lots of water when they are outside playing.

Enjoy the summer and stay hydrated.