Here’s What You Might Not Know About Dehydration in the Summer Heat

If you wait until you’re thirsty, it’s too late. Thirst is just one symptom of dehydration, but you shouldn’t wait until you’re parched to drink water, according to Alison Harris, a nurse for on-demand healthcare provider DispatchHealth.Although staying adequately hydrated is something to be mindful of all year long, it should be especially top of mind in the summer, Harris said. From June 1 through July 15, MedStar Mobile Healthcare has treated 224 patients suffering from a heat-related illness in the Fort Worth area alone, said Matt Zavadsky, a spokesman for the ambulance service. Of those cases, 53 involved patients whose primary problem was dehydration.  Continue reading...

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