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Be aware of dehydration risks during these hot summer days

Carilion emergency physician Dr. Stephanie Lareau talks about warning signs for dehydration.
Carilion emergency physician Dr. Stephanie Lareau talks about warning signs for dehydration.(WDBJ)
Published: Jul. 11, 2016 at 6:49 AM EDT
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We've got several more weeks of hot temperatures, and dehydration is a risk for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors.

Dr. Stephanie Lareau works with Carilion Emergency Medicine. She sees cases of severe dehydration especially during the summer months.

Symptoms can include fatigue, constipation, dizziness. Severe dehydration can cause rapid heartbeat or breathing, fever and low blood pressure. Serious complications from dehydration can include heat stroke, seizures or even swelling of the brain.

Those most at risk include people working or exercising outdoors, babies and children, people with chronic illnesses and older people.

Not just drinking water, but also eating the right foods can prevent dehydration. Fruits and vegetables can help meet the body's need for water.