Avoid Dehydration And Heat Stress

This week, we’ve been looking at various heat stress disorders that may affect us as the summer heat increases or lingers on into fall. During the hottest months of the year, we must all take precautions to make sure our bodies do not get overheated.

Today we will talk about dehydration.

Dehydration occurs when you losing more fluids than you are taking in, and your body does not have enough fluids to work properly. The causes of dehydration include diarrhea, vomiting, and sweating. Darker urine and decreased urine production are the first symptoms of dehydration.

Symptoms of mild or moderate Dehydration include:

  • Thirst
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Headache
  • Muscle Cramps/Weakness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Symptoms of severe Dehydration include:
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fainting
  • Dry skin

Dehydration can be treated by replenishing the lost fluids your body has lost. This can be done by drinking clear fluids such as water, clear broths, frozen water or popsicles, or electrolyte-replenishment drinks like Gatorade. If you do not start to feel better, you need to rest and drink more slowly and steadily. Consuming fluids and food with high water content such as fruits and vegetables are a great way to prevent dehydration. Also, try to avoid drinks with caffeine such as coffee and soft drinks.

Daniel Brockhoeft, Loss Control Coordinator, can be reached at or 985-612-6739.

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