Severe dehydration can affect anybody at any time, especially in the summer or while consuming alcohol. Be aware of the symptoms of dehydration and take caution. While dehydration can affect anyone, young children and older people are more susceptible.

Causes of Dehydration

Common causes of dehydration can include:

  • Sweating (especially in hot or extreme weather)
  • Fevers
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

 

All of these ailments can cause the body to purge water content, causing the body to be dehydrated. As the human body is 55%-60% water, this can seriously affect one’s health and cause significant problems.

Symptoms

The symptoms from dehydration vary depending on age range and severity.

 

Signs of Dehydration in Young Children

  • Dry mouth and dry tongue
  • High fevers
  • Sunken-in eyes
  • Unusually sleepy or drowsy
  • Crying without tears

 

Signs of mild to moderate dehydration in adults include:

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Dark yellow urine as well as infrequent urination
  • Headaches

 

These are the symptoms of more severe dehydration:

  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Irritability 
  • Confusion
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Delirium
  • Fainting or unconsciousness

 

Treatment

Mild dehydration can be treated easily from home. Sip on water slowly to rehydrate—drinking too fast can cause you to feel sick. Alternatively, suck on an ice cube or slowly drink an electrolyte-rich sports drink. Always avoid caffeinated or sugary drinks as they can irritate dehydration or cause you to urinate even more frequently. 

 

Moderate or severe dehydration, especially dehydration caused by traveling in the heat or drinking alcohol, should be treated in an emergency room. Untreated severe dehydration can cause seizures or permanent brain damage.

Las Vegas Urgent Care can Treat your Dehydration

If you are experiencing symptoms of moderate to severe dehydration, visit Las Vegas Urgent Care immediately for treatment.