The hot, humid summer weather effectively notifies the body when it gets dehydrated. Between the sweating, headaches and light-headedness, the summer heat puts an obvious toll on the body. Because these effects of dehydration are so obvious, we easily recognize when we need to hydrate on warm summer days. But during the winter, the intense cold masks many of dehydration’s symptoms, making anyone outdoors susceptible to developing dehydration.
This makes it incredibly important to stay hydrated whenever you’re doing any kind of outdoor activity during the winter. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, playing hockey or even just shoveling snow, make sure you have water on you at all times. Each winter, there are many casualties resulting from dehydration – many times unbeknownst to the victim. These deaths come in either the form of injuries suffered as a result of being impaired, or from the direct symptoms of dehydration.
Dehydration’s symptoms include:
- Intense Thirst
- Dry Mouth
- Rapid Breathing/Heartbeat
- Fluctuating Body Temperatures
If you believe you’re suffering from dehydration, it’s important that you don’t drive yourself anywhere. Have somebody drive you to AFC Urgent Care Methuen, where one of our board-certified physicians can monitor your dehydration and make sure you are properly treated for. Our team’s treatment strategy may include providing you with a bed to rest on while we administer you re-hydration fluids. In less-severe cases, our physicians may just decide to give you water while they monitor your health.
To take advantage of our services, simply walk in to our facility any day of the week, anytime during business hours. As a walk-in clinic, we’re committed to providing our patients with prompt care, meaning we’ll never require our patients to have a referral or schedule an appointment. To speak with one of our medical professionals, call us at 978-975-0700.
We look forward to providing you with the services necessary to safely make it through winter!