With hot temperatures come increased sweating which may lead to dehydration. One of the first signs of dehydration is often a headache. These headaches are considered secondary headaches but may trigger migraines.
Symptoms of dehydration headaches include mild tension over entire head but also may occur only in specific areas. It may have a pulsating quality and may be worsened with physical activity, bending over, or changing positions. Other accompanying symptoms may include confusion, dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramping, dry mouth, extreme thirst, darkly colored urine. There may also be loss of skin elasticity and low blood pressure or increased heart rate. In more severe cases there may be loss of consciousness.
There is risk for dehydration with vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, fever, and excessive urination.
Treatments include increasing fluid intake and replacing lost electrolytes. Dehydration may require more aggressive therapy such as IV rehydration. For severe symptoms seek immediate medical care as complications may lead to serious risks to health.
For more information speak with your healthcare provider.
By: Brooke Steiger, NP