Dehydration Symptoms Easily Confused for Other Illness

By: Janelle Lilley Email
By: Janelle Lilley Email

Doctors at Augusta Health say, with the recent heat, they expect that many people will go to the Emergency Department thinking they're seriously ill, when they're really just dehydrated.

Some of the symptoms, such as cramping, nausea and dizziness, can feel like other illnesses, and many people aren't able to recognize heat-related sickness.

Everyone knows the best thing to do is drink fluids and stay out of the sun, but doctors say waiting too long to hydrate could make a trip to the ER necessary.

"I think when people get really dehydrated, they'll feel nauseous. They won't feel like drinking often times. They'll think, 'I've got a stomach bug,' and because they're feeling nauseous, they don't feel like drinking, and it snowballs on them," says Dr. Robert Cocke.

Doctors say it's not just about water.

If you or your child's been sweating all day, you also need to replenish your salt. Drinks with high sodium content like Gatorade will help you feel better a lot sooner than water alone.


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