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Symptoms of Dehydration

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What is Dehydration?

Dehydration is defined as the excessive loss of body fluid.

Learn to Recognize DehydrationIn fact, the main reason for dehydration at Optimum Health is a lack of water consumption.  As a result, we think of it as having too little body fluid due to decreased water intake.  Dehydration can be due to a loss of body fluid as well.  Thus, we must consider this option as well.

What are the Symptoms of Dehydration?


Initial Symptoms of Dehydration:

  • Thirst
  • Discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Decreased urine volume
  • Dark urine
  • Unexplained tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Lack of tears when crying
  • Dizziness when standing due to
    Orthostatic hypotension insomnia
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Cloudy urine
  • Stinging during urination
  • Hyperalbuminemia
  • Bad moods
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue

Symptoms of Dehydration that Athletes may Experience:

  • Suffer up to a 30% loss of performance
  • Flushing
  • Low endurance
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Rapid onset of fatigue

When Do Symptoms of Dehydration Occur?

DEHYDRATION -TURGOR OF SKINInitial symptoms generally become noticeable with mild dehydration.  That is to say, when 1- 2% of one’s normal water volume is lost symptoms usually appear.  Further, the symptoms can increase as your water volume decreases.  A good way to determine if you are dehydrated is by checking to see if you have turgor of the skin appearing.  Also, the longer you are dehydrated, the more severe the symptoms become.  Finally, some symptoms only appear with chronic (long-term) dehydration.

Notably, the symptoms from dehydration due to loss of blood can be critical.  In fact, if you are bleeding for a prolonged amount of time, see a qualified health professional.  Above all, if you suddenly begin to bleed excessively, contact your qualified health professional immediately!

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