Letter: Avoid dehydration during hottest part of year

Howard Mattingly

registered nurse


To the editor:

The “dog days of summer” have arrived. Traditionally this is from July 15 until Labor Day. These are the hottest and driest days of the year, but they are also the most popular for yard work, outside chores, picnics and swimming.

They are also when many people overdo it, resulting in trips to the emergency room that could be avoided by using some common sense and an ounce of prevention.

Perhaps the biggest problem in summer is dehydration. What many people don’t realize is how many other problems dehydration can cause. Dehydration, in simple terms, occurs when your body loses too much water — usually through sweating. Our bodies are designed to work within very narrow ranges of temperature and chemistry.

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