In the hot weather, dehydration can sneak up on you quickly. If not caught early and treated fast, dehydration can become severe and lead to heat stroke, seizures, dangerous blood clots, or even death. By knowing the symptoms and knowing where to get the right treatment, you can spot this condition before it escalates.
The most common causes of dehydration are overexposure to heat or too much physical activity, though it can also be caused by vomiting or diarrhea if you’re suffering from an illness or infection. Symptoms can vary depending on the severity of dehydration.
The initial signs of dehydration include:
- A swollen tongue
- Dark urine
- Dry mouth
- Muscle cramps
As dehydration worsens, sweating may stop completely and you may not be able to urinate. Fainting, low blood pressure, fever, and a rapid heart rate are also indicators that dehydration has become dangerous. Seek medical attention immediately if you or someone near you is exhibiting these symptoms.
At Physician Partners of America, we offer fast, effective treatment to individuals throughout Texas and Florida. Our expert care team can use diagnostic testing to evaluate your condition and provide the best course of treatment. Drinking fluids to replace your body’s lost water and electrolytes is the best treatment for mild dehydration, but in some cases, IV fluids may be necessary to restore the necessary hydration to the body. Our conveniently located clinics offer IV infusion therapy in a comfortable setting.
Dehydration Prevention Tips
We want to be there when you need treatment, but first and foremost we want you to be safe and healthy. Try to prevent dehydration before it develops into a more serious condition by following these simple tips from the care team at Physician Partners of America:
- Stay hydrated, even if you don’t plan on being in the heat for too long.
- When exercising, keep both water and an electrolyte-rich drink on hand.
- Avoid salt tablets; even though your body loses salt when sweating, salt tablets can actually exacerbate dehydration.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages when in the heat or sun.
- Dress in layers so that you can cool off quickly if you become overheated.