Dehydration Treatment Questions and Answers
If you are suffering from symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration, visit AFC Urgent Care Mira Mesa today for dehydration treatment. We offer walk-in availability to the general public so we can help you when you need it most. We are conveniently located at 8260 Mira Mesa Blvd Suite A San Diego, CA 92126.
What is dehydration?
Dehydration can happen when an individual begins to lose or use more fluids in your body than you are able to consume, and the body does not have enough water or other fluids in it to continue carrying out normal body functions. If the you cannot get enough lost fluids in your system fast enough, the body will become dehydrated. Dehydration can happen quickly and you won’t know you are dehydrated until you are.
We have seen many become dehydrated especially children and seniors, and can especially be dangerous for them. One of the most common causes of dehydration in babies and children and seniors is severe diarrhea and vomiting. Seniors do have a naturally lower volume of water in their bodies already, and may have other pre-existing conditions or take medications that may increase the risk of dehydration.
Dehydration is considered a minor illness, such as if you were to get an infection that can affect the lungs or bladder, which results in dehydration for many seniors.
Dehydration can also occur in anyone especially if they are not intaking enough clear fluids like water to help the body run efficiently, and can become worse with warmer temperatures or if the individual is participating in any exercise or activities that may cause sweat.
How does dehydration develop?
Dehydration develops when the body begins to lose more fluids than you can intake. Some of the more common causes of dehydration can be:
- Excessively sweating
If the body is unable to maintain the fluids it needs to adequately function, the body then will start to go into shock from dehydration. The shock can start to lead other parts of the body to become affected including the organs, cells and tissues which will begin to fail to function properly, this can also lead to even more dangerous complications if your dehydration is not medically treated immediately.
Dehydration can be felt through mild to even severe symptoms, individuals who do experience mild dehydration symptoms can normally treat their dehydration at home, however if an individual is feeling symptoms of dehydration ranging from moderate to severe will need immediate medical attention by either an urgent care or emergency like a hospital or ER.
What are signs of severe dehydration?
The signs and symptoms for dehydration one may experience are not always a very reliable indicator of early onset dehydration. Many adults can experience dehydration and in particular, seniors do not feel thirsty or feel the need to drink water until they are already dehydrated. It is very important to increase your water intake continuously throughout the day and especially during the warmer seasons, and when an individual may be feeling sick.
A few common signs and symptoms that many individuals can experience with severe dehydration includes:
Infant or young child
- Dry mouth and tongue
- No tears when crying
- No wet diapers for three hours
- Sunken eyes and cheeks
- Sunken soft spot-on top of the skull
- Listlessness or irritability
- Extreme thirst
- Less frequent need to urinate
- Dark-colored urine
When should you go to the urgent care for dehydration?
When your body is not able to sufficiently keep a healthy number of fluids in the body to function correctly, dehydration can quickly occur and the body will easily go into shock and you can start to feel signs and symptoms of dehydration. Dehydration can easily go into shock and will start to feel the signs and symptoms of dehydration.
Several common signs to be on the lookout for when it comes to dehydration symptoms may include:
- Feeling thirsty
- Dry and sticky mouth
- Dry skin
- Infrequent urination
- Dark yellow urine
- Muscle cramping
If you are suffering from symptoms dehydration, visit AFC Urgent Care Mira Mesa CA. We are located at 8260 Mira Mesa Blvd Suite A San Diego, CA 92126. We serve patients from Mira Mesa CA, Poway CA, Solana Beach CA, Santee CA, Encinitas CA, Lakeside CA, and El Cajon CA.