Not surprisingly, Las Vegas was recently ranked as the most fun city in the United States. There are a multitude of things to do here – great shows, gaming, bars, clubs and restaurants.Unfortunately, there are also many ways to ruin your Vegas vacation. You could miss your flight, lose big at the tables, or maybe even marry the wrong person on the spur of the moment. A little common sense and a modicum of willpower will keep you from most of these pitfalls. Though one hazard you might not be on guard for is dehydration.
The Frying Pan
Las Vegas is literally a desert. The climate here is hot and dry. In fact, the average high temperature on a summer’s day is 100 degrees F. Those from colder locations are often not prepared for the intense heat and don’t realize just how fast they can become dehydrated. Even if you’re from a warmer area, like the Southeast, Vegas’ dry heat can quickly sap your body’s water. The humidity here hardly ever climbs above 25 percent in the summer, so you’re not only losing water from sweat, but also simply from breathing.
Vegas and a good drink go hand in hand. This city offers some of the best bars, cocktails, wines, and restaurants on the continent, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with enjoying a few drinks. Yet, even moderate alcohol consumption contributes to dehydration. Alcohol suppresses your body’s antidiuretic hormone, which – you guessed it – leads to peeing more. Combined with the heat, even a couple of drinks can quickly lead to dehydration.
You take precautions to avoid getting sick, especially before a trip or vacation. You eat right, take your vitamins, avoid sick family and friends, wash and sanitize your hands frequently – you get sick anyway. It happens and there is no guaranteed way to prevent it. But besides the pain and frustration, being ill with the flu, a stomach bug, or food poisoning can also lead to dehydration. Vomiting and diarrhea rapidly depletes your body’s water reserves, and dehydration often causes nausea and vomiting. It’s a vicious cycle.
So what do you do when you’re stuck in your hotel room, feeling awful because you’re sick and/or dehydrated? Drink some water or Gatorade and pop a few ibuprofen? That might help some if your problem is only dehydration from the heat, but you’re likely to still be out of commission for at least a day. Of course, if you’re sick or hungover in addition to being dehydrated, then you probably have even more symptoms than just a headache and some light nausea. When you’re dehydrated, what you need is medical attention.
You could go to an ER, but that could easily take hours. Emergency rooms aren’t first come, first serve either. Patients with more severe or life threatening problems will be seen before you, no matter how long you’ve been waiting. If you’re suffering from mild dehydration and the symptoms that accompany it, your best bet is an urgent care.
Urgent care medical professionals can handle most common complaints. They’ll provide you with IV fluids, medication, and advice to get you feeling better fast. Best of all, Vita Heaven Urgent Care will even make house calls to your hotel room, or provide a free shuttle to their clinic. Their treatment time is based on minutes, not hours like at the ER, so you can get back to enjoying your time in Vegas faster.