Dehydration

Dehydration is a lack of adequate fluid in the body. Dehydration is a dangerous complication of various infections, and can be especially dangerous to infants and the elderly. Hot weather or excessive exercise or exertion can contribute to dehydration. Dehydration is a concern with any condition causing high fever, diarrhea ...

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Introduction: Dehydration

Being dehydrated means your body does not have enough fluid to work properly. Every time you have a bowel movement, you lose fluids. Diarrhea causes you to lose even more fluids. You also lose salts and minerals such as sodium ...1

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Symptoms of Dehydration

Signs of dehydration in adults are being thirsty, urinating less often than usual, having dark-colored urine, having dry skin, feeling tired or dizziness and fainting. Signs of dehydration in babies and young children include a dry mouth and tongue ...2

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Complications of Dehydration

If left untreated, severe dehydration can cause serious health problems, such as organ damage, shock, or coma—a sleeplike state in which a person is not conscious. ...Source: NIDDK (NIH)3 ...

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Causes of Dehydration

When someone does not drink enough fluids to replace those that are lost through vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration can result. When dehydrated, the body lacks enough fluid and electrolytes—minerals in salts, including sodium, potassium, and chloride—to function properly ...4

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Causes List for Dehydration

Some possible causes of Dehydration or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Dehydration

Some of the types of this condition may include:6 Types of Dehydration:

  • Hypertonic dehydration
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Diagnosis of Dehydration

A useful test is to pinch some skin on your tummy or inner thigh. If it stays in the pinched shape after you let go, that is a clear sign of dehydration.  ...Source: New Zealand Health7 ...

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Treatments: Dehydration

Dehydration: What To Do: If you suspect someone is suffering from dehydration or a heat-related illness:

  • Get the person out of the sun and into a cool place.
  • Offer fluids like water, fruit and vegetable juices.
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Prevention of Dehydration

How much water does your body need? Guralnik says you have to consider the circumstances. “If you’re active on a hot day, you need more water than if you’re sitting in an air-conditioned office,” he explains. An ...8

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References

  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ health-topics/ digestive-diseases/ diarrhea/ Pages/ ez.aspx
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2009/ July/ feature2.htm
  3. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ digestive-diseases/ cyclic-vomiting-syndrome
  4. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ digestive-diseases/ foodborne-illnesses
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: Human Phenotype Ontology
  7. Source: New Zealand Health: health.govt.nz/ your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ diseases-and-illnesses/ diarrhoea
  8. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2009/ July/ feature2.htm

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