Are you Dehydrated?
Dehydration is a condition wherein the body stores of water is decreased due to an excessive loss of water from the body when compared to intake. Dehydration can occur in all age groups and in all seasons, however it more commonly occurs during summer months.
What causes Dehydration? Dehydration can result from various reasons both disease and non-disease conditions, such as:
- Loose Stools or Diarrhoea
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Limited Water Intake
- Severe Skin Infections
- Excessive Sweating
- Increased Urination
- Certain Medications
What are the symptoms of Dehydration? Signs and symptoms of Dehydration vary based on the severity ranging from mild to severe.
- Increased Thirst
- Dry Mouth
- Swollen Tongue
- Excessive Tiredness or Weakness
- Increased Heart Rate
- Decreased Urine Output
- Inability to Sweat
- Dark Colored Urine
- Dry Skin
How to combat Dehydration? If reduced intake of water is the cause of Dehydration, this can be corrected by increasing water intake.
Some simple tips to combat Dehydration include:
- Drinking small sips of water frequently
- Consume water mixed with ORS sachets
- Suck on ice cubes
- Avoid excessive clothing
- Stay in well ventilated room
- Spray water all over the body
- Avoid strenuous exercise
Dehydration is not as simple as it seems, if right measures are not followed at right time, it results in serious conditions.
Remind yourself to drink water at regular intervals. Be more than well.