Staying healthy through music festivals with Dr. Arnold

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Music festival season is here and we're just two days away from a three-day country weekend in Cadott.

In its 30th year, Country Fest draws in thousands of fans from all over. This year, festival headliners include Sugar Land, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan.

To get the most out of these types of experiences, you want to be on your best game, health-wise. So whether you're going for only a night, a day or the whole weekend, Dr. Alicia Arnold joins us with some tips on how to go through fest and stay upright and healthy.

Several people will be camping out this weekend at Country Fest, and one of the major concerns is always staying hydrated, Should you be trying to drink a lot of water or should you lean toward a Gatorade?

“Water is the way to go and should be the mainstay,” Dr. Arnold said. “Bring an empty reusable water bottle so you can easily drink throughout the event. Drinking enough water will help keep your energy level up. You want to drink before you start to feel really thirsty to avoid dehydration.”

If you're going to be there all weekend, fatigue can hit you, are power naps the best solution?

“It can be tough to get enough rest at a music festival,” she said. “You can take short naps if you find them helpful. Other tips include bringing an eye mask since the sunrise can wake you up early if you are camping and ear plugs to shut out noise or use an app on your phone for white noise. Too much alcohol can also reduce the quality of your sleep.”

Several long days being out in the sun can mean sunburn. What are a few steps we should take?

“Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Remember that higher number SPF sunscreens don't last any longer, so even if you are wearing a high SPF, you should still reapply about every two hours. It's also a good time to wear a hat, sunglasses and lip balm containing an SPF.”

Many people are going to be right next to the speakers, should you take breaks form listening to give your ear drums a break?

“Noises that are too loud or last for too long risk damaging tiny structures in the inner ear. Wear earplugs or other hearing protective devices. The music is usually so loud that you can still hear it well anyways. Try to minimize the amount of time you are exposed to the noise or move further away from the noise if possible for breaks.”

Do you have any other tips to maximize fun and avoid medical problems?

“A trip to the doctor during the festival is not fun for anyone,” Dr. Arnold added. “Don't forget any prescription medications that you usually take at home. Keep in mind also that some medications don't mix well with alcohol.”