Signs and causes of dehydration

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The body needs more of water to stay hydrated, over 50% of the body is made up of water. Don’t wait till your thirsty before you drink, always take a sip.

 

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Dehydration is the condition of a body from which the water has been removed. it occur when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in.

 

Medically, dehydration usually means a person has lost enough fluid so that the body begins to lose its ability to function normally and then begins to produce symptoms related to the fluid loss.

 

Many conditions lead to dehydration.

1. Fever , heat exposure, too much exercise , or work-related activity.

 

2. Vomiting , diarrhea , and increased urination due to infection.

 

3. Diseases such as diabetes.

4. The inability to seek appropriate water and food (common in infant or disabled).

5. An impaired ability to drink.

(someone in a coma or on a respirator, or a sick infant who cannot suck on a bottle are common examples).

6. No access to safe drinking water.

7. Significant injuries to skin, such as burns or mouth sores, severe skin diseases, or infections (water is lost through the damaged skin)

 

 

Signs of dehydration:

1. thirst

2. sugar cravings and hunger pangs.

3. dry lips, itchy and flaky skin around the mouth.

4. muscle cramps,

5. dizziness,

6. Inability to concentrate.

7. Weight loss

8. Decreased urine production

9. Weakness

10. high Fever

11. Confusion

12. Headache

13. Seizures

14. Difficulty breathing

15. Chest or abdominal pain.

 

When dehydration is treated and the underlying cause identified, most people will recover normally.

 

Please take note the body needs more water than food, always stay dehydrated and healthy “don’t wait till your thirsty before you drink.

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