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Signs of Dehydration

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Signs of Dehydration

Common Symptoms of Dehydration

Dehydration may seem like a common side effect of spending too much time outdoors on a sunny, hot day — it can be a severe health condition that can lead to many complications.

By knowing the signs and consequences of dehydration, you can take steps to prevent it from occurring or worsening.

How Does Dehydration Happen?

Dehydration occurs when the body does not have enough fluids to function correctly. Dehydration can be caused by several things, including heat exposure, illness, vigorous exercise, and not drinking enough fluids.

Signs to Remember

Several signs can indicate dehydration. Some of the most common include thirst, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, and muscle cramps. If dehydration is left untreated or not appropriately addressed, more severe symptoms may develop, such as a rapid heartbeat, dry skin, sunken eyes, confusion or irritability, and fainting.

Treating Dehydration

To treat dehydration and prevent further complications from developing, it is essential to replenish lost fluids through frequent hydration. Water is generally the best option for rehydration; however, people with kidney disease may need to avoid drinking too much water at once.

Other ways to replenish lost fluids include:

  • Eating fruits and vegetables with high water content.
  • Avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
  • Keeping cool when exercising or spending time outside in hot weather conditions.

In more severe cases of dehydration, medical attention may be necessary to rehydrate the body through fluids given intravenously.

Bishop Primary Care for Adults

If your dehydration symptoms persist or worsen despite these efforts, see a doctor or medical professional for further treatment and support.

At the Northern Inyo Healthcare District Internal Medicine & Geriatric Clinic, we provide outstanding care to adult patients. Your Internal Medicine & Geriatric provider will be your first call for most health problems and can provide you with referrals to specialty care services when needed.

To book an appointment or to learn more, visit us online or by phone at (760) 873-5811.