Cold Weather Increases Risk Of Dehydration

by Katie Jeffries on January 8, 2010 at 5:44 am

People often worry about dehydration in the hot summer months, but cold weather can actually increase your risk of dehydration.

David Davis the Director of Emergency Services for Genesis-Good Samaritan Hospital says when the air you breathe is very dry, it takes more moisture from your body to process it.  Also, in cold weather people do not think to drink water as often as they would in the hot summer.

"Your outside your working, your hot, but you may not realize it shoveling snow and playing or exercising and it is really much easier to become a little dry.  So you have to make an extra effort to get fluids in the winter time," tells Davis.

Symptoms of dehydration include: dry mouth, headache, muscle weakness, rapid heart rate and dizziness. Not drinking enough water also leads to your skin becoming dry and cracked.

"Your skin doesn’t get first priority for your inside fluids, so I guess you have got to moisturize," tells Davis.

Davis says drinking water and eating right while moisturizing can make a big difference with winter dry skin.



Katie Jeffries