On holiday, you are at risk of suffering myriad travel injuries and illnesses, which can be the basis of a travel accident compensation claim. This aside, when abroad, there are some common holiday-related conditions, such as heat stroke, sunburn and severe dehydration, to be mindful of.
Acting on your awareness of severe dehydration and other such conditions can help minimise the risk of suffering common travel-related illnesses while on your summer holiday.
What causes severe dehydration?
Severe dehydration has various causes. One of the most common of which is associated with stomach bugs, diarrhoea and vomiting, which is often experienced on holiday due to local water or foreign foods.
When basking in the summer sun abroad, you are also likely to sweat more than usual, meaning that your body is losing more water than it usually does.
In conjunction with increased alcohol consumption, which is typically associated with leisure time abroad, these factors are an ideal cocktail for severe dehydration.
How do you treat severe dehydration?
The NHS recommends that the best way to treat dehydration is to rehydrate the body with fluids. Sweet drinks are useful for replacing sugar lost when dehydrated, too. When abroad, if suffering from severe dehydration, always drink bottled water to avoid any further stomach upset.
When suffering from severe dehydration, however, the NHS advises that you seek urgent medical attention, wherever you are in the world. The NHS lists symptoms of severe dehydration as:
- Dizziness when you stand up, that does not ease after a couple of seconds
- Failure to pass urine for eight hours
- Weak pulse
- Rapid pulse
- Fits and seizures
- Low level of consciousness
If you suspect you are suffering from severe dehydration and you are in the UK, ring 111 for medical advice.
Claiming compensation for travel injury or illness
If you have suffered an injury or illness abroad through no fault of your own, and you believe a third party is liable for the harm you have suffered, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation.
For more information on travel accident compensation, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with an Accident Advice Helpline advisor today, via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. What’s more, there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following the call.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice