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Preventing Dehydration: July 23, 2019

Whether you’re exercising, working, or just spending time outside—doctors say it’s important to stay hydrated. “It’s really important to carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go, especially if you’re new to the area and you’re not accustomed to the heat,” said Dr. Tatianna Pizzutto, a resident physician with Lee Health.

Dehydration can occur quickly. Patients may experience symptoms like dry mouth, dark urine, dizziness, and nausea. “People can start feeling light-headed and dizzy just from standing up too quickly because they get so dehydrated and they might not recognize how dehydrated they’re getting,” said Dr. Pizzutto.

It’s important for patients to stay hydrated throughout the day, especially if they're physically active outside. “Younger adults tend to be more active, and if they’re playing sports outside we always tell our pediatric patients, especially if they’re going to play football or do something very active, to always keep water with them while they’re in school and stay hydrated before practice or before their game,” she said.

Staying in the shade, drinking water, and avoiding alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can help to prevent dehydration. “I would recommend more lightweight clothing, so wearing long sleeve fishing shirts or lightweight wicking fabrics can really help reduce your sun exposure at the same time of keeping you dry and trying to maintain some of that water,” Dr. Pizzutto said.

Severe symptoms of dehydration can cause low blood pressure, increased heart rate, fever, even unconsciousness—making it important to stay hydrated and recognize the early symptoms of dehydration.


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