What You Need to Know About Dehydration

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Dehydration does not occur solely in the summer. Dehydration can affect anyone and any time or season of the year. It most often affects people who engage in large amounts of physical work, activities, or exercises. Dehydration occurs when massive amounts of the body’s essential salt and water are lost through sweating, but not replaced. In some cases, dehydration can become so serious that it can become life threatening. Because of this, it is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of dehydration.

Common Dehydration Signs and Symptoms to Watch for

A person suffering from mild dehydration may experience dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. By the time these symptoms become recognizable, it means the body has lost about two-thirds of water without any of it being replaced. From this point on, the symptoms get progressively more intense. The next sign is a feeling of tremendous thirst, along with dry eyes and nose.

As well as dry eyes and nose, the next symptom for a person experiencing extreme levels of dehydration is a weak, but rapid pulse. Their skin will usually become colder than normal and the person will appear extremely pale. Some symptoms of extreme dehydration include:

  • A diminishing ability to sweat
  • Appearance of deep set or sunken eyes
  • Lack of a need to urinate

If a person has reached this extreme level of dehydration, the only treatment option available is IV therapy. IV therapy will effectively return lost electrolytes, glycogen, and water to the body.

Severe Dehydration and the Importance of Fluid Replacement IV Therapy

It is important to fix dehydration when it is at its mildest levels. When this issue progresses to extreme levels, it becomes much more serious and even life threatening, especially when dealing with young children. If a person suspects that he or she or their child is dehydrated, the safest solution is to seek medical help immediately. A medical facility can replenish all necessary fluids via IV, preventing the body from losing any more water. This will also help ensure that dehydration will not cause damage to the body’s muscles or tissues.

The best way to avoid dehydration is to replenish water as your body loses it. Rather than drinking caffeinated or sugary drinks, drink water during exercise or work and keep your body healthy.

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