What Are The Dehydration Symptoms

Dehydration symptoms can occur when the amount of water in the human body decreases dramatically. Water is a substance necessary for all life to exist. Plants and animals require water to continue living.

The human body is not an exception to the fact. Our bodies are mostly made of water. Approximately 75% of the human body is composed of water. Most of the water can be found inside the cells while remaining part exists in the space between them.

Water Balance

Keeping the right balance of water in the body can be a bit tricky but is necessary; otherwise the consequences can be disastrous. Dehydration symptoms can appear if the water eliminated from the body exceed the amount consumed. You lose water every day when you breathe (as the humidified air leaves your body), when you urinate (water is used to carry toxins out of the body) and during the sweating process. You also lose water as a result of bowel movement to rid the body of bigger waste that cannot be removed through urination.

Symptoms of dehydration

The body is so sensitive to the amount of water loss than even a drop of 2% in the total amount of fluid is enough to cause several symptoms.

- The first symptoms are very mild and they can include: thirst, appetite loss, dry skin, fatigue and chills. They are not very dangerous but immediate action has to be taken to prevent further problems.

- If the fluid loss reaches 5%; the dehydration symptoms become even more dramatic and can include: increased heart rate, nausea, headaches and decreased urination.

- Once the fluid loss has gone over 10% the symptoms become extremely intense and dangerous. Some of them are: racing pulse, extreme low blood pressure (hypotension), seizures, vomiting, dim vision and confusion.

The lack of tears when crying is a very distinctive symptom of the problem in children. These symptoms are the most frequent ones although others are still possible.

There are many factors that come into play when the body suffers dehydration.

The first cause of the problem is not drinking enough water. You have to drink enough water to counteract the loss produced by the normal daily activities like sweating and urinating.

Other conditions that might cause a severe water loss are: diabetes (high sugar levels cause the body to urinate more frequently to eliminate sugar excess), vomiting (not being able to ingest liquid can definitely increase the problem) and diarrhea (is one of the leading causes of death related to dehydration).


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