If you’re heading to a music festival this summer, you’re in for a great weekend listening to your favourite bands and having a laugh with all your friends, or even making new ones! But even when you’re busy enjoying yourself, the hours of drinking, unfamiliar food and unpredictable weather can play havoc with your health. Here, we take a look at some of the most common health problems that can strike at music festivals, with advice on how to treat them on the spot right there and then.
DehydrationThis is when your body loses more fluid than it’s taking in. Spending the weekend drinking more alcohol than water can lead to dehydration and even if you don’t drink, hot conditions can increase the risk. As well feeling thirsty, common signs that you’re dehydrated include a dry mouth, headaches, dizziness and dark-coloured urine. In severe cases, dehydration can cause fainting, seizures and in the worst cases, even brain damage.
How to deal with dehydrationAvoiding alcoholic drinks and drinking more fluids like water or rehydration drinks can help to keep you hydrated. Aim to drink about 1.2 litres of fluid each day, and even more if you’re spending time in a sweaty crowd-packed tent. But if sipping on water doesn’t make any difference and you spot signs of severe dehydration, get medical help immediately.
Food PoisoningLet’s face it, festivals aren’t the most hygienic places. Muddy fields, shared toilets and dodgy food expose you to stomach bugs that can leave you rushing for the toilet. Food poisoning is usually caused by eating food that’s been contaminated by harmful bacteria or parasites. But it’s also possible to pass these germs onto other people. Symptoms like stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea usually appear within a few hours or a few days.
How to deal with food poisoningPeople with food poisoning normally begin to feel better after a few days. Although, this isn’t ideal if you’re away from home at a festival. Taking it easy and drinking water means you can still get the most out of the weekend. Stick to small meals and bland food like plain rice or crackers until you feel better. To avoid food poisoning in the first place, wash your hands regularly or use antibacterial hand gel or wipes.
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