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Dr. Ashu Syal
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Dehydration (Overview)

The excessive loss of body water, with an accompanying disruption of metabolic processes.


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What factors increase dehydration?

What factors increase dehydration?

Lack of water: The risk of dehydration goes up with exposure to hot and dry conditions which enhance perspiration to keep the body cool. This leads to water loss. Exercise does the same thing. Any set of circumstances with sweat increases the risk of dehydration. The general rule is that if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated! So supply your children with free access to water. ...Read more

Dr. Ashu Syal
655 Doctors shared insights

Dehydration (Overview)

The excessive loss of body water, with an accompanying disruption of metabolic processes.


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What are the symptoms of dehydration?

What are the symptoms of dehydration?

Dehydration: Dehydration can manifest as thirst, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, dry mouth, decrease in urine production, dark or foul smelling urine, nausea, vomiting, and even loss of consciousness. Severe cases of dehydration can present with low blood pressure requiring emergency care and even hospitalization. ...Read more

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Dehydration (Tip)

Bowel rest and dehydration is the key. ...See more

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What are the complications of dehydration?

What are the complications of dehydration?

Lower blood pressure: Dehydration lowers blood pressure which can give symptoms of weakness, dizziness and passing out. You may feel thirsty and disoriented.
Initially, kidney respond by lowering urine output but it can lead to kidney failure if not corrected. ...Read more

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What blood tests can be used to determine dehydration? Can dehydration throw off the results of a fibrotest or similar liver blood tests?

What blood tests can be used to determine dehydration? Can dehydration throw off the results of a fibrotest or similar liver blood tests?

Hemoconcentration: Usually, the blood counts are the ones mainly affected by dehydration due to hemoconcentration resulting from dehydration. Your hydration status can easily be determined by the color of your urine and your urine specific gravity. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day would normally be sufficient but when you are under the sun and imbibing alcohol, you'll be doubly dehydrated. Alcohol is a dehydrant. ...Read more

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How does dehydration in a child look like?

How does dehydration in a child look like?

Dehydration: Some features may vary with age, because some children can voice what they are feeling and others cannot. Symptoms also vary with severity of dehydration. Basic symptoms of dehydration include thirst, decreased urine production, dark or strong smelling urine, fatigue, weakness, cramps, headache or lightheadedness, to name some. If concerned about this, discuss with your child's doctor. ...Read more

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What is diarrhea a symptom of dehydration?

What is diarrhea a symptom of dehydration?

No but it can cause: Diarrhea is not a symptom of dehydration but if left untrated can lead to dehydration. ...Read more

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Symptoms of dehydration?

Symptoms of dehydration?

Many: There are several symptoms to look out for and depends on the severity of dehydration. Thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, dark urine, and muscle cramps may suggest mild dehydration. Worsening hydration status may be associated with dry, warm skin, little or no urination, delirium, syncope or low blood pressure. You should seek immediate medical attention if dehydration worsens. ...Read more

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What are the signs dehydration?

See below: Low bp, weak, dry mouth and skin, dizziness on standing up. ...Read more

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Dehydration diagnosis, double vision, walking drunk with slurred speech. Er doc said dehydrated. Came on sudden, effects hours after. Could be more?

Dehydration diagnosis, double vision, walking drunk with slurred speech. Er doc said dehydrated. Came on sudden, effects hours after. Could be more?

Yes: Sometimes patients may have more than one problem. If those symptoms did not resolve completely with rehydration, then medical care should be sought immediately. Even if they did resolve, follow up with a primary care physician is important. ...Read more

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Is GERD a serious disease? My daughter is 3years old. Lately she's been vomiting and having diarea. I took her to the emergency not to long ago and she was diagnose with gastroesophageal reflux disease. She was under medication for dehydration and she was

Is GERD a serious disease? My daughter is 3years old. Lately she's been vomiting and having diarea. I took her to the emergency not to long ago and she was diagnose with gastroesophageal reflux disease. She was under medication for dehydration and she was

Maybe, maybe not: We generally describe gerd as the return of stomach contents into the esophagus to the degree that heartburn, fussiness or weight loss develops. Since a dry burp has the same mechanics, it is not much of a stretch to say all kids have some reflux, but only some of them symptoms. It can be transient as part of a gut virus, or longer term. I find mild disease common but significant disease rare. ...Read more

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Diagnostic diagnosis of isotonic dehydration? Is this condition seen anywhere in the bloodwork? Obv sodium levels look normal so its not shownthere

Simple diagnosis: If a person has dropped their body weight by x number of pounds in a short interval, (hours, days) it is water weight or dehydration.Blood work that shown a normal ion balance confirms that dehydration as isotonic. High sodium (or glucose) levels would mean hypertonic, while low sodium levels would correlate with hypotonic. ...Read more

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Is there a way of testing someones dehydration level using their siliva? If not through siliva what are the best ways to test level of dehydration (taking vitals, etc.)

Body weight: As long as you have a reference weight, body weight is the primary feature that allows calculation of the degree of dehydration. If a 20 lb kid comes into the office 2 days after a well check having had vomiting for a day, he is not dehydrated if he weighs 20 lb but is if he weighs 19. A 5% weight loss in a short time frame is water loss. ...Read more

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Need help for my elderly mom about kidney disease. Can dehydration make tests abnormal?

Need help for my elderly mom about kidney disease. Can dehydration make tests abnormal?

Absolutely: Dehydration is a leading cause of abnormal lab work in an elderly patient. Dehydration can cause an elevation in a person's BUN and creatinine. These two lab values can determine if a person had renal failure. If the cause of the renal failure is truly dehydration, it can be easily corrected with drinking lot of water and re-testing. ...Read more

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I just don't know how to fix this. How can I get better from all these unusual symptoms from "dehydration"?

I just don't know how to fix this. How can I get better from all these unusual symptoms from "dehydration"?

Unexplained symptoms: Multiple unexplained symptoms can be quite concerning. Some answers are obtainable through healthtap but multiple unexplained symptoms with the inability to ask questions or examine is not safe. If the symptoms have been going for a while and been reviewed with a physician a second opinion could be warranted. If they are new and concerning to you, you should seek care from a medical professional. ...Read more

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What can cause dehydration?

Two main issues: Hydration is your state of water balance. The human body is made up of so many fluid/water based systems that poor hydration can cause the system to fail.Dehydration is caused by 2 main issues:doesn't come in or goes out too fast. If you have no fluid intake, over time your body pees, perspires or breathes off fluid. If you vomit, pee or poo away your fluids you get dry. Either produces dehydration. ...Read more

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Can not seeing your veins in your hand mean dehydration?

Can not seeing your veins in your hand mean dehydration?

Sometimes: Hand veins normally become more prominent when they are held down below your heart and less prominent when they are raised above your heart. Other causes of decrease size of hand veins could be dehydration but it can also be due to temperature changes, genetics and levels of exertion. ...Read more

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How can I treat dehydration in adults?

How can I treat dehydration in adults?

Fluid/fluids in food: Water or other fluids are an obvious solution to poor hydration.Many foods also have fluid value and can provide a boost to hydration. Applesauce or similar foods are about 95% water, vegetables are around 60%.Just pushing up fluid value intake to the point they pee every 6 hours will do it. ...Read more

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How is dehydration treated at home?

How is dehydration treated at home?

See below: If the patient is not vomiting, and if able to tolerate oral liquids, any solution like soup, or electrolyte containing liquids can be given. ...Read more