It’s summertime in Florida which means shorts, tank tops and lots of warm weather friendly activities. It also means that we have to be careful to stay hydrated. At Brevard Family Walk In Clinic, we want to ensure that you, your loved ones and and pets enjoy the sunshine and warmth in a healthy way.
Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:
Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause:
Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always a reliable gauge of the body’s need for water, especially in children and older adults. A better indicator is the color of your urine: Clear or light-colored urine means you’re well-hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration.
When to see a doctor
If you’re a healthy adult, you can usually treat mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more fluids, such as water or a sports drink (Gatorade, Powerade, others).
Get immediate medical care if you develop severe signs and symptoms such as extreme thirst, a lack of urination, shriveled skin, dizziness, and confusion.
Treat children and older adults with greater caution. You may need to seek immediate medical attention from a physician who specializes in family medicine if your loved one:
Go to the nearest hospital emergency room or call 911 or your emergency medical number if you think a child or older adult is severely dehydrated. You can help prevent dehydration from becoming severe by carefully monitoring someone who is sick and giving fluids, such as an oral rehydration solution (Pedialyte, others) at the first sign of diarrhea, vomiting or fever and by encouraging children to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.
For more information about dehydration or to make an appointment today, visit www.brevardfamilywalkinclinic.com.
Source: Mayo Clinic Staff – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dehydration/DS00561/DSECTION=symptoms