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What should I do if I get dehydrated?

If you are dehydrated, you should try to rehydrate by drinking water or other liquids such as sports drinks, which contain electrolytes. Water will likely be your best bet -- avoid trying to rehydrate with sugary juices, carbonated beverages or coffee. You should also consider resting and getting out of the sun. Treatment for severe dehydration may require intravenous fluids given at the hospital.
If you feel any of the symptoms of dehydration (including flushed face, thirst, dry mouth, weakness, dizziness, cramping in the arms or legs and headache), do the following:
  • Stop working.
  • Sit down in a cool location.
  • Drink water or a sports drink -- not soda, coffee or an alcoholic beverage.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for a while.

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