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Summer Is Here: Avoid Dehydration

Updated on July 11, 2010

Just What is Dehydration?

Many people who suffer from dehydration, such as myself, do not even know they are sick until it is too late. Dehydration can occur rapidly and should be handled at the first signs to avoid a life threatening situation. Dehydration can be treated and even prevented by having knowledge of what dehydration is.

Dehydration occurs when the body looses too much water and is deprived of essential salts such as potassium and sodium. Dehydration can occur for many reasons depending on the person. Some of the most common reasons are: not drinking enough water and sweating excessively; suffering from vomiting or diarrhea; and sometimes medications such as diuretics can cause dehydration in people as well.


How To Recognize Dehydration

There are many recognizable symptoms for dehydration. These symptoms can vary from adults and children. For example, in adults there are a variety of symptoms that can present themselves such as: excessive thirst; dizziness; dry mouth and dry skin; less urination; fatigue; increased heart rate and increased breathing. In children some of the aforementioned symptoms are also present but it is important to also look for no tears when they cry; sunken eyes, cheeks or abdomen; high fever; increased irritability; and listlessness. 

Treatment for Dehydration

Good news is dehydration is preventable. If you drink plenty of fluids, schedule outdoor activities for the coolest part of the day and drinking sports drinks to replace lost electrolytes, the chances of becoming dehydrated decrease. Unfortunately though many people do not realize they are dehydrated until its too late.

It is crucial to head off dehydration at the very first sign. The sooner you spot dehydration the better the chances of fully recovering from it are. If dehydration is caught early enough it can be cured by increasing fluid intake. The last time I had a serious episode of dehydration I had to be hospitalized and given intravenous fluids. The doctor at the emergency room informed me that if I would have started increasing my fluid intake with a sports drink, such as Gatorade, or Pedialyte, at the first signs of my dehydration I could have avoided a trip to the hospital. The doctor went on to explain that drinks such as Gatorade and Pedialyte can help restore the lost salts and electrolytes that one looses during dehydration.

However, if you are like me and don't realize you are dehydrated until the dehydration is severe, it is extremely recommended you get yourself or the person who is suffering from dehydration to the doctor as soon as possible. The staff at urgent care or the hospital can start administering intrvenous fluids to assist the body in rehydrating.


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      ttravis5446 7 years ago from U.S.

      Awesome first hub!!!