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Signs Of Dehydration

Updated on April 12, 2012

Ways To Identify And Prevent Dehydration.

With the summer here and temperatures in the triple digits you want to make sure you drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated. Water is one of the most important nutrients to support life. Drinking sixty four ounces of water or other clear fluids a day can help keep you hydrated and prevent heath problems associated with dehydration.

Dehydration is a serious condition that occurs when a person does not have enough fluids in there system to take care of there natural cooling ability within the body. This is extremely dangerous in elderly people due to there sense of thirst lessening. If you have a elderly person living in your home you should push them to drink more fluids as there body may not be able to handle the same conditions as a younger person. That's not to say dehydration is not harmful or even deadly to a younger person because it is.

Signs Of Dehydration.

Signs to look for in a person you suspect may be experiencing dehydration are:

1. Severe Thirst.

2. Dry mouth and mucus membrane

3. Cracked discolored dry lips.

4. Skin that is dry, warm, wrinkled or clammy.

5. Eyes appear sunken.

6. Face is flushed

7.Urine is dark in color and has a strong odor.

8. Urinary out put is decreased or diminished.

9. Constipation or diarrhea.

10. Rapid Weight loss.

11. Weakness, dizziness, lightheaded, confusion and headaches.

12. Irritability.

13. Rapid or weekend pulse.

14. Heartbeat becomes irregular.

15. Blood pressure is low.

If you or a loved one shows any of these signs get out of the heat and get into a cool room or shaded area. Drink plenty of fluids just not all at once to avoid cramping. Seek medical attention immediately.

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      GlstngRosePetals 6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Husky1970 Thank you so much..

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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      A terrific and very timely hub. Hydrating yourself in the extreme heat is so important. You certainly picked an important topic to write about. Voted up and useful.