Most of us don’t often consider that we might be dehydrated because we aren’t taught to recognize the symptoms of dehydration. Consider the fact that the human body is 55-78% water and it becomes clear that remaining hydrated at all times is extremely important.
Dehydration happens when a person’s body doesn’t receive enough fluids and water to remain comfortably hydrated.
It can be mild to very severe, and it is definitely a serious health concern.
Knowing the symptoms of dehydration allows you to identify when someone is suffering from this condition so that you can take the necessary steps to get them hydrated again.
Symptoms of Dehydration When It’s Mild
Symptoms depend on the severity of dehydration that you’re suffering from. If it’s only a mild case, there are certain signs that you should be looking for.
The first signs of dehydration are very mild. We all recognize the feeling of becoming thirsty or of our mouth becoming dry and parched. You may have heard this before, but it bears repeating – by the time you feel thirsty, you’re already suffering from mild dehydration.
Mild dehydration can also cause headaches and dizziness, as well as a general feeling of fatigue. The first action when you feel tired, dizzy, or develop a headache for no apparent reason, should always be to have a glass of water and sit down.
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Healthy urine when you’re well-hydrated is very pale, even clear. When you start passing less urine and it is darker and more yellow in colour, you have an indication that you’ve had insufficient fluid intake for quite some time.
The symptoms of mild hydration can increase when you’ve been working out or playing sports. They’ll also increase over time if you don’t take steps to address the problem.
Untreated, mild dehydration turns into severe dehydration.
Symptoms of Severe Dehydration
Once severe dehydration sets in, there are a wide range of new symptoms that will begin to occur and possibly require immediate medical attention.
If you stop urinating entirely or have a very small output of urine when you make an attempt, then your dehydration is likely severe.
Any urine output will also appear to be extremely yellow or even an amber color.
Severe dehydration can also cause a fever, often accompanied by chills. A fever can be very dangerous when suffering from dehydration.
While slight dizziness can indicate mild dehyration, severe dehydration can cause such extreme dizziness that you may have difficulty standing up or moving around.
Another common symptom of dehydration is a rapid heart rate that isn’t caused by strenuous activity.
Your blood pressure might also begin to drop when you stand up after lying down.
Though it can be difficult to notice this symptom, your skin can begin to lose some of its elasticity, resulting in an event wherein the skin takes quite some time to reduce to normal levels after being pinched.
Some of the more severe of these symptoms can include everything from shock and seizures to lethargy and confusion – and even a coma at its worst.
Treat symptoms of dehydration seriously and get hydrated. Drinking water throughout the day is the best way to prevent dehydration. And if you ever notice the symptoms of severe dehydration, get proper medical attention as soon as possible.
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