9 Ways to Avoid Dehydration
Dehydration is the physical condition of an excessive loss of water from the body caused by a number of symptoms associated with a variety of illnesses. These illnesses hinder the body’s homeostasis by inducing vomiting or diarrhea, fever, excessive sweating (sometimes associated with working out as well), an increase in urination (as a result of undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, or medications), or by first-, second-, or third-degree burns that can destroy sweat glands and hair follicles. Most often, Cleveland hospitals can handle the more severe dehydration conditions, but a Rocky River urgent care can help with the mild and moderate cases.
The more severe cases present symptoms such as extreme thirst, a complete lack of sweating, sunken eyes, a complete lack of or very little urination, dry skin that loses its elasticity, and other internal symptoms such as low blood pressure and rapid heartbeat. In the worst cases a person with severe dehydration can experience delirium or be rendered unconscious.
Of course, infants cannot tell us when these drastic symptoms are occurring, so if your child exhibits an excessive increase in restlessness and suffers from sleeplessness in conjunction with several of the symptoms mentioned above, it is advisable to see a doctor. Also watch for sunken fontanels (the soft spots on the infant’s head that traverse the skull like veins). This could also be a sign of dehydration or another major health issue.
Of course most times, dehydration is presented in more mild and moderate levels and healthy adults can easily overcome this dehydration by simply ingesting more liquids. However, the parts of our population most venerable to disease (the very young and very old) should be given special consideration if mild and moderate symptoms are presented. This is no case meant to discourage a person of normal health to visit a doctor or medical facility of any kind if they fear the worst.
Mild and moderate symptoms include a dry, sticky mouth that is often joined with a huge thirst. Also be aware of decreased need to urinate, muscle weakness, and dizziness (a.k.a. lightheadedness). Headaches may also be present. Since we mentioned the danger of mild to moderate symptoms for infants and the elderly, it is important to consider that the very young are hardly going to be able to vocalize their discomfort or headaches.
In children watch for a decrease in general activity and, in infants, six or less wet diapers a day. Even our teenagers are at risk, if they are uber-active then they may overwork themselves and exhibit the need to urinate less than once every eight hours. This is hardly something easy to ask about and be responded to with an eye roll.
So, if you have children or are active yourself, watch for these signs of dehydration. Be especially careful with the very young and old, as they are extremely susceptible to many diseases and symptoms. Check with a Cleveland hospital or Rocky River urgent care center to ensure that your family and yourself are healthy.