Dehydration is one of the commonest issues in almost all age groups. Still, most people tend to ignore these subtle signs of water deprivation.
Drinking more water more often leads to the elimination of toxic products that accumulate in the body due to various biochemical processes. In this post, we shall be discussing about some of the very common signs of dehydration which shouldn’t be ignored. Let’s get started!
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11 Signs of Dehydration You Must Know
Thirst is often the first symptom you experience when you haven’t had water for a long time. It’s the first indication from your body that is lacking water.
Dry mouth and dry tongue go relative to the level of dehydration your body is experiencing. If you’re chronically dehydrated, your tongue may remain dry for a long time and may go unnoticed.
Both dry mouth and feeling of thirst are often the first symptoms of dehydration.
The more you experience dehydration the more you become prone to fatigue.
Fatigue is relative to the amount of time you spend in the hotter surroundings which lead to more body water loss from your skin.
Constipation and Digestion disorders
Chronic (since a very long time) dehydration leads to improper secretion of the digestive juices, hence contributing towards digestive disorders, most commonly, constipation.
A headache is usually accompanied by dehydration when there is an acute (within a very short time) dehydration, either due to heavy sweating or due to any other reason.
Continuous headache is not considered to be a good sign of dehydration since it is related to more complicated states during the dehydration.
Chronically dehydrated subjects feel more skin dryness due to water loss from the uppermost layer of the skin.
Infrequent and insufficient urination are hallmarks of a severe variety of water loss from the body. It occurs because the kidneys are no longer experiencing a good volume of water to eliminate the waste products out of the body. Therefore, the kidneys are utilizing very less amount of water to eliminate toxic waste.
Prolonged insufficient urination can lead to the complete kidney shutdown, resulting in the Kidney Failure. This is so far the most dreaded complication of dehydration or water deprivation.
Cravings for sweet
Craving for sweeter food is generally observed in patients with chronic dehydration for unknown reasons.
Muscle cramps occur due to water deprivation from the muscle compartment of the body, owing to which the muscles are not able to glide smoothly over each other, resulting in cramping of the muscular tissue.
Low Blood Pressure
Low blood pressure is a fatal complication of dehydration. It is usually accompanied by infrequent or insufficient urination, complicating with complete kidney shutdown. Quick fluid replacement in the form of intravenous saline is the best method to avoid kidney failure and other major organ damage.
Lightheadedness or Delirium or Unconsciousness
Once the fatal dehydration sets in, the patient can experience various mental issues, ranging from a simple headache, lightheadedness to full unconsciousness. This is a medical emergency and should be taken very seriously.
A slight delay in the treatment for delirium or unconsciousness can be life threatening! Call the ambulance as fast as possible!
This post covers most of the issues related to water deprivation or dehydration in the simplest possible manner. In case you have any questions, do write it in the comments section below and I would get back to you with a reasonable explanation. Thanks for reaching this far! Have a great day ahead!
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