Ahh, summertime – that time of the year when life slows down just enough to enjoy the warmer weather, weekly vacation, and endless hours of leisure. Oh, and we forgot to mention – it’s also when dehydration is more common.
Wow, that sort of puts a damper on the fun, doesn’t it? Dehydration occurs when your body is low on water, which in turn affects basic metabolic function. In order to enjoy a fun and safe summer, there are a few uncommon signs & signals that are possible warning signs for dehydration you need to be aware of.
Keep an eye out for the following symptoms. It could mean you’re in a state of dehydration.
Severe headache. When your body is low on fluids, blood flow to the brain is very low. As a result, you can get a bad headache. If you haven’t had a glass of water in a while, a headache could mean you need fluids – pronto.
Foul breath. If your body doesn’t have enough saliva to keep mouth bacteria at bay, bad breath usually isn’t far behind. And when you’re dehydrated, the mouth is one of the first areas of the body that’s affected.
Muscle cramps. Most people think cramps are due to simple overwork of a particular muscle, or group of muscles. That’s not the case. In fact, cramps are one of those common symptoms of dehydration that are mistaken for something else. This is a regular occurrence with high-level athletes – remember LeBron James and his cramping issues during last year’s NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs? The Heat lost the services of the world’s best player for a quarter or two because of cramps (dehydration).
Dry skin. It’s not just a cosmetic issue all the time. Dry skin is sometimes a sign of something wrong underneath the skin. And that could very well be dehydration.
Sudden fever. It’s rare, but a quick spike in body temperature can be a sign of dehydration, especially if the fever is accompanied by chills.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s best to get water into your body ASAP. Besides from water itself, fruits and vegetables are a good idea, as many contain significant amounts of water. Rest is also a good idea.
And here’s another thing you can do: stop by any of the 40+ Banner Urgent Care locations in Nevada and Arizona. People in the southwest are particularly susceptible to dehydration. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above and aren’t sure what the cause is, let our medical experts get you on the path to recovery.
You can also reach out to our urgent care specialists with an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by calling (480) 840-3075. Thanks for reading the Banner Urgent Care blog!