9 Signs You're Dehydrated & What You Can Do About It

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drinking waterSummer has officially set in across the country. If you're anything like me, you know this because your hair has been tossed into some sort of mess OFF of your neck for the past week and sweating, yeah, it's pretty much constant. The other evening I was heading to a yoga class when I developed a headache that lasted me a full 48 hours. That's when it clicked. Summer. Sweating. Dehydration -- I had it. I needed a fix. 

Have you found yourself in a similar situation? Now that the warmer temperatures are in full swing, it's prime time for dehydration to kick in. Do yourself and your family a favor and take a look at the signs and symptoms of dehydration, as well as the at-home treatment options, here:

Dehydration can be caused by a number of things including fever, excessive diarrhea or vomiting, and burns and severe skin infections or diseases. In the summer, obviously, the biggest cause of dehydration is excess sweating, which causes an upped loss of fluids from the body. Now, on to symptoms:

  • Inability to sweat
  • Low urine output
  • Feeling weak
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Dry mouth
  • Swollen tongue
  • Increased thirst
  • Fainting
  • Confusion

Now for someone like me, confusion in the summer (heck, every time of year) is a constant. That headache from the other morning, though? Not so much. So how do you treat dehydration? First up your fluid intake, slowly. Too much water too fast will make you dizzy. Next, make sure to get plenty of rest, get out of the sun, and if your symptoms include a headache or other pain -- opt for an acetaminophen like Tylenol, or ibuprofen like Advil. 

Have you ever been dehydrated? How do you and your family prevent dehydration in the summer months?


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LadyM... LadyMinni

During the rest of the year you're probably still dehydrated. Is your urine yellow? You're dehydrated! Urine should be clear. Drink more water. Not soda, not alcohol, not sports drinks. Water. Or caffeine-free tea. Caffeine and carbonation are both dehydrating. And maybe get out of the sun. Humans don't photosynthesize, we wilt.

nonmember avatar AmericanExpat

drink water, duh! Unless you're living in some 3rd world shithole in which case you're not reading this anyway...

nonmember avatar jessi

When I was in labor with my son a nurse told me dry, chapped lips were a symptom of dehydration.

Bodyn... Bodynsoil

I forget to drink as much in the summer months, even though I know that the heat and outdoor activity tends to dehydrate me more..

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