Arizona is widely known for being two things: Dry and Hot. Located smack dab in the middle of one of America's largest deserts, this makes sense for the Grand Canyon state.

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While the beauty of the Sonoran desert is unparalleled, when the months start getting hotter, the desert starts taking its toll.

How to Fight Dehydration

In a state as dry as Arizona, dehydration is a common ailment. Even if you have been severely dehydrated before, it's smart to know the signs of dehydration to avoid you or your loved ones becoming ill.

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There are plenty of warning signs for dehydration for you to pick up on.

  • Signs of thirst
  • Darker urine
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dry mouth/tongue/lips
  • Sunken eyes
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The number one sign is, obviously, signs of thirst, as well as producing darker urine, feeling lightheaded or tired, having a dryer mouth, and sunken eyes.

In order to prevent this, drink lots of water on hotter days, avoid strenuous activities, and wear light, breathable clothes. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of dehydration, get them to a shaded area, allow them to sit/lay down, and have them drink water at a reasonable pace. Drinking too much water too quickly can lead to overhydration, which is just as bad.

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Combatting Heat Exhaustion/Stroke

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Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two sides of the same coin. Both come from prolonged exposure to high heat and intense sunlight.

The two have very different warning signs, despite their similarities. To notice heat stroke, look for:

  • High body temperature
  • Red, dry skin (no sweat)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Headaches, dizziness, and passing out.
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Noticing heat exhaustion can come from any of these signs:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Pale skin
  • Muscle cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness

If you notice these signs in yourself or others, make sure to quickly take the proper steps to avoid any more harm.

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For heat stroke, bring the afflicted person to a shaded area and bathe/douse them in COOL (not cold) water until their body heat has reached 102 degrees or lower.

For heat exhaustion, give the afflicted person cool, non-alcoholic beverages, let them rest, and make them change into lighter, breathable clothes.

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No matter how many year's you've lived in the desert, you can never be too careful, so make sure to look out for your friends and family this year and have a great, cool summer!



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