Staying hydrated is very important for our health, but according to the University of Florida three-fourths of Americans don’t drink enough water. Dehydration happens when our bodies intake fewer fluids than he loses.
According to WebMD we naturally lose fluids daily – from the water vapor in our breath to our urine and sweat.
But because of our busy lives and strenuous workouts we don’t drink enough and it can cause serious symptoms. Everyone must know which are the signs of dehydration in order to keep his body — which is 60 percent water — running smoothly.
According to the Mayo Clinic the symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration, are:
– Dry, sticky-feeling mouth
– Sleepiness or tiredness — children less active than usual
– Reduced urine output
– In infants, no wet diapers for three hours
– Few or no tears when crying
– Dry skin
– Dizziness or lightheadedness
If you have a severe dehydration you may experience:
– Extreme thirst
– Extreme fussiness and/or sleepiness in infants and children
– In adults, irritability, and confusion
– Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
– Little or no urination, or very dark urine
– Sunken eyes
– Shriveled, dry skin with no elasticity that doesn’t rebound when pinched into a fold
– In infants, sunken fontanels, the soft spot on the top of a baby’s head
– Low blood pressure
– Rapid heartbeat
– Rapid breathing
– No tears when crying
– In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness.
Since some of these symptoms are hard to pinpoint, check the color of your urine. If it is dark yellow, you are dehydrated.
According to WebMD there are many conditions that can lead to rapid fluid loss – dehydration:
– Heat exposure
– Too much exercise
– Vomiting, diarrhea and increased urination due to infection
– Diseases such as diabetes
– The inability to seek appropriate water and food (as in the case of a disabled person)
– No access to safe drinking water
– Significant injuries to skin, ( burns or mouth sores), or severe skin diseases or infections
When to seek treatment:
WebMD recommends that you should see your doctor after you drink more water but still experience the following :
– Increased or constant vomiting for more than a day
– Fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius)
– Diarrhea for longer than two days
– Weight loss
– Reduced urine production
Seek emergency medical attention if you experience…
– Fever higher than 103 degrees F (39.4 degrees C)
– Difficulty breathing
– Chest or abdominal pains
– No urine in the last 12 hours
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