7 Symptoms of Dehydration

Water is more than just a thirst quencher; it is also necessary for your body to function properly and feel healthy. Water is required for nearly all of your body’s major systems to function and survive. You’d be surprised at how much staying hydrated can help your body.

The importance of water is not only limited to humans.  Lack of water or  dehydration can cause several issues.

Let us first understand what dehydration is.

Dehydration happens when there isn’t enough water in your body for it to function properly. The most effective practice to avoid dehydration is to keep yourself hydrated and not drink water only when you feel thirsty. If you feel thirsty, you are already somewhat dehydrated, which can lead to headaches, lethargy, and dizziness, among other symptoms. Potentially life-threatening illnesses, such as heatstroke, can also be aggravated by dehydration.

Now we understand why drinking plenty is essential. But what are some causes of abnormal water loss in the body?

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive sweating

What are the signs and symptoms of dehydration?

Depending on the condition, dehydration symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Before total dehydration occurs, signs of dehydration may appear.

Mild to moderate dehydration symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased urination
  • Dry mouth
  • Dehydrated skin
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

In addition to mild dehydration symptoms, severe dehydration is likely to result in the following:

  • Dark urine
  • Fast breathing
  • A low blood pressure
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Barely sweating
  • Too much thirst
  • Sunken eyes

 Here are some strategies to treat dehydration

Dehydration can be treated by rehydrating the person and giving them electrolytes.

Rehydration

People with severe diarrhea or vomiting might not be able to rehydrate by drinking. They can be given fluids through an IV tube in this case.

 To do this, a small IV tube is put into a vein in the arm or hand. It injects a solution, usually a mixture of water and electrolytes.

Those who can drink may be told to drink water and a rehydration drink with electrolytes, like a low-sugar sport or electrolyte drink.

 Rehydration solution made at home

Make your rehydration solution with these ingredients if you don’t have access to an electrolyte drink:

  • A liter of water
  • Half a teaspoon of salt
  • Six teaspoons of sugar

Make sure the measurement you’re using is correct. Too much salt or sugar can be dangerous to your health.

 Mistakes to Avoid

Stay away from sugary or caffeinated drinks. These beverages may make dehydration much more severe.

 Who is at Risk?

The risk of becoming dehydrated is the same for everyone, but some exceptional cases are:

  • Babies and young children are most likely to have severe vomiting and diarrhea, losing the most water from a high fever. The youngest can’t tell you they’re thirsty or get themselves a drink.
  • Most older people don’t know when they’re thirsty. If they can’t move around as well as they used to, they might not be able to get a drink easily or might not be able to drink enough because of medical problems.
  • People with long-term illnesses like type 1 or type 2 diabetes might have to urinate a lot if the disease is not under control. They also may take water pills, which make them go to the bathroom more often.
  • People who are active outside in hot and humid weather may struggle to cool down because their sweat does not evaporate. This can result in a higher body temperature and a greater need for water.
  • People who suffer from a cold or sore throat may find it difficult to eat or drink.

 Drink up, drink up, drink up!

More than merely quenching your thirst, drinking water is crucial for maintaining good body functions and mental well-being. Water is essential for the survival and proper functioning of your body. With technological advances, various applications are also available on your phone to track and remind you to drink water.

Someone may be suffering from dehydration symptoms right in front of your eyes, but you don’t know how to help them. Let us tell you - knowing first aid techniques can be very helpful. It gives you the knowledge and the confidence to act correctly in such situations. Want to get certified? You can contact us at MYCPR Now and take online first aid classes.

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