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The Dangers of Dehydration

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Dehydration becomes more common as the summer gets warmer, so it is important to learn the signs of dehydration and protect yourself.

Dehydration becomes more common as the summer gets warmer, so it is important to learn the signs of dehydration and protect yourself.

 

Dehydration happens when you lose more fluid than you take in so your body doesn’t have the water it needs to carry out normal functions. If these fluids aren’t replaced, you will get dehydrated. Although anyone may become dehydrated, young children, elderly people and those with chronic illnesses are most at risk.

Causes

  • Excessive sweating – You lose water when you sweat and if those fluids aren’t replaced as you go along, you can become dehydrated. You lose the most fluids in hot, humid weather.
  • Fever – Generally speaking, the higher your body temperature, the more dehydrated you may become.
  • Diarrhea, vomiting – Diarrhea that comes on suddenly and violently can cause a huge loss of water and electrolytes in a short amount of time. You lose even more fluids when you are vomiting as well.
  • Increased urination – This may be due to undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes. Some medications can also lead to dehydration because they cause you to urinate or perspire more than normal.

Symptoms

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Decreased urine output
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation

Thirst is not always a reliable gauge of the body’s need for water. The best indicator is the color of your urine. Dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration while light-colored urine means you are well hydrated.

Treatment

Mild to moderate dehydration can usually be reversed by drinking more fluids, but severe dehydration should be medically treated immediately. The best thing you can do is prevent dehydration in the first place. Be mindful of how much fluid you lose during warm weather, illness or exercise and drink enough liquids to replenish yourself.

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Staying Safe in the Summers Heat

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

Did you know July is the hottest month of the year? With the rising temperatures it is especially important to keep safety in mind. When exposed to the sun shine and heat for long periods of time, you can become sun burnt, dehydrated, or over exhausted. But no one wants to be inside during the beautiful days, which is why LA Medical has tips for staying safe in the summer’s heat. We have medical supplies to improve your mobility and increase your safety.

Hot weather safety tips

Hot weather can easily dehydrate our bodies, so use these tips to stay healthy this July.

Did you know 75% of the body is made up of water? This is why it is important to be hydrated at all times. Dehydration occurs when more water and liquids are exiting the body than entering. It can cause dry mouth, weakness, headaches, dizziness, and in severe cases, low blood pressure, delirium, and unconsciousness. To avoid these from occurring, follow these tips for staying safe.

  • Consume plenty of water and foods that have water in them. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of nutrients and hold plenty of water. Let your body be your guide and listen to it when you are thirsty or have low energy.
  • Avoid exercising during the hottest hours of the day. Choose to be active in the early mornings or evenings when temperatures have cooled down. A gym membership is a great air conditioned option.
  • Seek shade to stay cool. Find a tree or umbrella to provide protection from the sun. Sun rays can cause skin damage and premature aging. The heat from the sun will cause more water loss and increase the chances of becoming dehydrated.

We hope you take these tips for staying safe in the summer’s heat. July is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy your favorite activities under the sunshine. LA Medical hopes to be your go-to medical supplies store.