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Dr. Ashu Syal
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Dehydration (Overview)

In physiology and medicine, dehydration (hypohydration) is 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)

In physiology and medicine, dehydration (hypohydration) is 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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Avoiding Dehydration (Checklist)

Monitor and increase your water consumption
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Avoid alcohol and other diuretics
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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?

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