Dehydration is a condition in which the elimination of fluids from the body is not counterbalanced by the consumption of fluids, especially water. It’s a condition which disturbs the body’s capability to function properly. Even mild dehydrating symptoms has severe effects on our body and mind.
Dehydrating Symptoms and Signs
- Diarrhea- Large quantity of water eliminates out from our body leading to the shortage of fluid inside our body.
- Vomiting- It leads to loss of fluids in a large amount and replacement and balancing of the fluids is difficult in these conditions.
- Diabetes- It’s a condition in which blood glucose levels rise above the normal level. Therefore, elimination of sugars in urine cause excess loss of fluids and increases the thirst.
- Physical workload- Excess of everything is bad. Too much physical exercise may create an unbalance in the body as fluids eliminate through sweat and therefore leading to dehydration. Keeping yourself hydrated is necessary during a workout.
- Alcohol- Alcohol consumption is a prime cause of dehydration. Therefore, alcohol intake should be monitored.
Signs and symptoms of dehydration
- Dry mouth- Due to loss of fluids from body dryness in the mouth may be experienced.
- Increasing thirst- Dehydration leads to an increase in thirst, as body shows the need for fluid in the form of thirst.
- Fatigue- Loss of water leads to excessive conditions like weakness and fatigue. A person feels exhausted and loss of energy is another sign.
- Feeling sleepy- Attentiveness of a person affects when fluids are less than the need of a body.
- Dry skin- Skin loses its moisture and rough, dry skin is another sign of dehydration.
- Dizziness- Dehydration leads to the feeling of dizziness and confusion. A person feels the inability to do work efficiently.
- Reduction in urine output- The excess of fluid loss may cause the reduction in urine output. The urine contents concentrate leading to kidney abnormalities if not treated.
- No tears- Dehydration may lead to fewer tears or no tears at all.
- Bad breath- Dehydration may lead to the reduction in an elimination of microbes which causes bad odor in the mouth.
- Sunken eyes- It’s another important sign of dehydration.
- Weakness- When our body is less in fluids, it feels fatigue and weakness as many electrolytes are lost with water.
- Light headedness
Severe dehydrating signs ones include-
- Muscle cramps- a disturbance in fluid balance leads to abnormal working and immobility of muscles further leading to muscle cramps.
- Low blood pressure- Along with water many mineral contents like magnesium and potassium which are necessary to keep a pulse in place eliminates.
- Kidney failure- Excess loss of water leads to accumulation of toxins in the body which may lead to kidney failure with time.
- Seizure- Loss of essential elements from the body causes many abnormalities and seizures are one of them.
- Rapid heart rate- Loss of minerals like potassium and magnesium which maintains the blood pressure, causes rapid heart rates to cope up with the deficiency.
- Rapid breathing rate- Excess loss of moisture through breath also add on to the condition. Therefore, increase in heart rate affects the breathing rate as well.
- Deep yellow color urine- High concentration of waste substances in urine leads to change in its color defining the situation of dehydration.
Treatment for dehydrating adults
- Increasing the intake of fluids in your diet.
- Drinking more water to keep up the proper hydration of the body.
- Eating fruits rich in water content.
Drinking water is key to stay healthy for dehydrating adults. To maintain proper fluid balance and hydration, water is the best option you can go for. Keep drinking small sips of water, make it your routine and prevent chances of dehydration. When in a compromising situation, the body gives signs and symptoms. It’s necessary to pay attention to the signs and symptoms your body gives you.