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Signs of dehydration to watch out for during a heat wave

Dehydration is one of the dangerous things that are associated with hot weather and exposure to the sun for long periods, because the body constantly loses fluids in the summer with sweat and needs to compensate for these fluids by drinking water and other drinks that help moisturize the body. The heat wave that Egypt is currently going through.

What is dehydration?


According to healthshots, dehydration occurs if your body doesn't have as much water as it needs, and without enough water, your body won't be able to function properly, and even low levels of dehydration can make you feel lethargic and constipated.

Common causes of dehydration


Having diabetes, vomiting or diarrhea, being in the sun for a long time, sweating a lot after exercising, having a fever, and taking diuretics can all lead to dehydration.

Moreover, young children, the elderly and infants get dehydrated a lot and the underlying cause of the dehydration must be evaluated and then seek immediate help. Many people end up in the hospital due to dehydration, so, do not forget to choose the treatment in time.

Signs of dehydration to watch out for in hot weather


Tiredness, dry mouth, frequent thirst, decreased urination, dry skin, constipation, dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, rapid vision, rapid breathing, fast heart rate, and dark urine.

 Complications of dehydration


The loss of both water and minerals in sweat can lead to muscle aches. Such cramps can keep you awake at night and you will not be able to carry out your daily activities easily. Dehydration can affect your physical health such as mood and concentration, as well as negatively affect your kidneys.

 When you become dehydrated, the body retains available water, so it tends to produce less urine that's dark in color because metabolic waste is more concentrated. This can be dangerous for the kidneys.

In the most serious cases, dehydration can lead to unconsciousness or fainting due to hypovolemia, or low blood volume, which reduces blood flow to the brain.

Dehydration tends to make the moisturizing process less effective, and inhaling dry air can cause throat irritation and even a dry cough.

If you are not drinking enough water, stop doing it immediately. You will need to drink at least three liters of water per day to keep yourself hydrated.

There are a few things you can do to prevent dehydration. Quickly rehydrate your body as soon as you become dehydrated. A home rehydration solution can work as follows: Take half a teaspoon of salt and some sugar and mix it in a glass of water.

Try to avoid sugary drinks, cola and caffeine and stay away from smoking, drink water at regular intervals, and eat foods such as watermelon, orange, strawberry, lettuce and cucumber to reduce dehydration.