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Published on June 11, 2014

Dehydration: What to Do

June 11, 2014

Umbrella in the sunIf you suspect someone is suffering from dehydration or a heat-related illness:

  • Get the person out of the sun and into a cool place.
  • Offer fluids like water, fruit and vegetable juices.
  • Urge the person to lie down and rest.
  • Encourage the person to shower, bathe or sponge off with cool water.
  • Watch for heat stroke, which is especially dangerous and requires emergency medical attention. Look for a body temperature above 104° and symptoms such as confusion, combativeness, faintness, bizarre behavior, staggering, strong rapid pulse, dry flushed skin, lack of sweating or unconsciousness.

The KishHealth System Emergency Department is available to care for you in an emergency. If you see symptoms that are consistent with heat-related illness, a trip to the emergency room is recommended.

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