What is dehydration?
Dehydration is caused by the loss of too much fluid from the body. It happens when you are losing more fluids than you are taking in. Hence, your body does not have enough fluids to work properly.
How bad is my dehydration?
Mild: Increased oral fluids indicated; dry mucous membranes.
Moderate: IV fluids indicated.
Severe: Hospitalization indicated.
How to manage mild dehydration?
- Drink enough water every day. Each person’s needs can be different, so ask your health care provider how much you should be drinking each day.
- If you are exercising in the heat and losing a lot of minerals in sweat, sports drinks can be helpful
- Avoid drinks that have sugar and caffeine.
- Drink extra fluids when the weather is hot or when you are sick.
How to manage moderate to severe dehydration?
Get medical help right away if you
- Had diarrhea for 24 hours or more.
- Are irritable or disoriented and much sleepier or less active than usual.
- Can’t keep down fluids.
- Have bloody or black stool.
What are the causes?
You can become dehydrated because of
- Cancer treatments (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery)
- Vomiting (Emesis)
- Excessive sweating
- Excessive urination due to certain medicines and illnesses
- Inadequate liquid intake
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