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What does dehydration feel like?

By Blogger September 7, 2014 - 9:37am
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Hello Hayden,

Thank you for this question. It is very important to recognize the signs of dehydration. Dehydration can lead to serious complications, such as
seizures secondary to serious electrolyte imbalance.

Dehydration happens when you lose more fluid than you take in, and do not replace lost fluid. Common causes of dehydration include vigorous exercise, especially in hot weather, intense diarrhea, vomiting, fever or excessive sweating. Not drinking enough water during exercise or in hot weather even if you're not exercising may cause dehydration.

When you are dehydrated, your mouth feels dry and sticky. You are very thirsty. You can feel very tired and sleepy. Your skin is dry but cool to the touch, and you may have a headache. You will notice a decrease in urinary output and your urine looks darker yellow in color. You can have muscle cramps.

Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids every day, even when you are well. Drink more when the weather is hot or you are exercising.


September 8, 2014 - 8:47am
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