How to Detect Dehydration

In the summer months, we are exposed to high temperatures and humidity. When the weather is extremely hot and humid, it can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can occur when you don’t replace body fluids lost by sweating.

When you are outdoors, make sure to take precautions to avoid getting overheated in the hot weather.

Signs of mild to moderate dehydration:

  • Thirst
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Dry, cool skin
  • A headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Not urinating much or dark-colored urine

Signs of severe dehydration:

  • Not urinating or very dark-colored urine
  • Dry, shriveled skin
  • Irritability or confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Breathing rapidly
  • Fatigue or listlessness
  • Unconsciousness

Ways to beat the heat in case you experience signs of dehydration:

  • Sipping on water or sucking on ice cubes.
  • Moving to the shade or indoors as soon as possible.
  • Dousing yourself with cold water.
  • Applying cold, wet cloths to the neck, groin and armpits.
  • Seeking medical attention if your condition doesn’t improve or gets worse.

When the temperature goes up, stay safe and healthy by keeping these tips in mind and listening to your body.