It’s hot and humid outside! During these summer months, it’s very important to stay hydrated. Not drinking enough fluids and not eating fluid rich foods can result in your body not getting enough of the fluids that it needs. This may cause a dehydration headache, a secondary headache caused by not having enough fluids. This is especially common during the summer months when you are more active than usual and enjoying the beautiful weather outside. Be aware of becoming dehydrated. Common signs of dehydration include extreme thirst, reduced urination, dark colored urine, confusion, dizziness, fatigue, dry, sticky mouth, loss of skin elasticity, low blood pressure and increased heart rate. People at higher risk of dehydration include: people who live in higher altitudes, infants and young children, elderly people, people with chronic illnesses (diabetes and kidney disease), endurance athletes and people who live in hot climates. But remember, anyone can become dehydrated if it’s hot outside and you are active! Severe dehydration may result in seeking medical attention to restore fluids. During this 4th of July holiday increase your fluid intake and replace lost electrolytes with a sports drink! Try to temporarily decrease physical activity in extreme heat. The Manhattan Center for Headache & Neurology wishes you a very happy and festive Independence Day Celebration. Stay cool and hydrated! Have fun and celebrate!