Dehydration is a serious medical problem that many Texans experience each year due to the intense heat. Dehydration occurs when your body loses too much water and becomes unbalanced. Dehydration can occur rapidly often without notice until symptoms become severe. Causes of dehydration include vomiting, fever, diarrhea, too much exercise and other medical conditions. If you experience difficulty breathing, chest pains, or seizures call 911 or seek immediate medical treatment.
Symptoms of Dehydration
Dehydration symptoms include increased thirst, dry mouth, weakness, dizziness, heart palpitations, fainting, confusion, inability to sweat and decreased urine output. If you find yourself with these symptoms, it is important to have them treated right away. Individuals who experience minor illness like the flu or food poisoning can become dehydrated quickly due to vomiting or diarrhea.
Small children are also at risk of dehydration when they experience a minor illness or high fever. If your child is ill, refusing liquid, vomiting and not able to hold liquids down a trip to urgent care may be a good idea. Elderly people and small children are at an increased risk of dehydration in the heat. Their bodies have difficulty regulating temperatures at times and can rapidly lose fluids.
A few tips to follow, if you must be outdoors during the hottest part of the day is to take frequent breaks to come indoors. Have young children stop playing every fifteen minutes for a water break. Wear light colored clothing and find a shaded area to work if you must be outdoors. Going outdoors in the morning and late evening in the summer months will help parents and children avoid the hottest park of the day, thereby reducing your risk of dehydration.
If untreated, dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. QuestCare at Highland Park treats your dehydration symptoms quickly and efficiently. Your health and well-being are our first priority, and we have an experienced, professional staff that can treat your symptoms and get you on the road to recovery.
Typically, dehydration can be easily treated with a course of IV Fluids to replenish the critical water, sodium and electrolytes your body has lost. The procedure is simple and can prevent further complications related to dehydration.