Patient discussion about dehydration

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Q. What Are The Signs of Dehydration?

How can you tell if someone is dehydrated? Are there specific signs or symptoms that may help notice?
A12 that I really notice when I am.... When you first stand up you feel dizzy, yet when you lay down you feel fine. My eyes sink back into their sockets.
A2it can also bring on the symptoms of a sroke and sometimes in the elderly an early diagnosis can be mistaken for a stroke when it is in fact dehydration.This is also why some old people are asleep allthe time
A3Dehydrated people are most likely to be more tired and less concentrated. They might experience headaches, nausea or even vomiting. The skin and mucus tissues of the body such as in the tongue and eyes will be dry. The more a person is dry the higher the heart rate will be, and in very advanced dehydration the breathing will be heavier. Not all people with dehydration faint, and it is possible to see someone walking even though they are severely dehydrated.

Q. Why does headaches are a symptom of dehydration?

A few days ago I had a headache and a friend told me that I’m probably dehydrated and I should drink more. So I did and the headache was gone…how come? What is the connection?
AHeadaches usually come from the tissues surrounding the brain. The brain itself can not feel pain. The tissues surrounding the brain (meningia) are filled with fluid named- Cerebro Spinal Fluid (CSF), when you are dehydrated the brain has a lot less liquid that will stand as a buffer between him and the skull. Thus every movement your head does will create pressure on the meningia and that hurts.

Q. I heard that the major risk in diarrhea is dehydration, why is that?

How can I avoid that? Are there other dehydration causes I should beware of?
A1vomiting will also dehydrate you about as dangerously as diarrhea fye
A2Dehydration happen when your intake of water is less then your outtake of water. There are numerous factors that may cause this. Diarrhea is only one of them. Here is a link to a list of causes:
A3When you get diarrhea your excrements move from solid to liquid… that means that instead of absorbing the water you drink- you just see them go back to nature without helping too much. So your body which excretes an average amount of 5 liters a day by breathing, urine, perspiration and so forth – doesn’t get the amount of water he needs to survive. And you get dehydrated. This is why you need to drink plenty of water while acute diarrhea.

Q. what are the signs of dehydration in infants?

A1try pressing one of the infants finger, hold for a sec.then release it,if it turns red imediatly,they are not dehydrated,the slower it turns red the more dehydrated they are,works on adults too,
A2It's a very important question. First, think of the likely cause of dehydration - where can the child lose fluids from? Causes are usually diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweat, large amounts of urine, rapid breathing etc.

The signs of dehydration include rapid pulse, deep and rapid respirations, dry mouth, sunken eyes and fontanel (the small depression in the front of the head), reduced elasticity of the skin (skin turgor), cool and mottled skin, reduced urine volume, thirst and others.

If these sign appear with a cause to fluids loss, then medical treatment should be sought (e.g. consulting a pediatrician). Dehydration is dangerous (it may lead to high sodium concentration in the blood and to brain damage) and can be treated very effectively.

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Q. How does drinking a lot of water before an activity helps to avoid dehydration?

Question Description It just makes me go to the bathroom more…
A1you need to drink water before,during and after any sports or exercises,because you sweat which causes dehydration.
A2You go to the bathroom more but you don’t let all of the water you drink out. Some of it stays and help you withstand bigger effort without dehydrating. B.T.W- if you’ll drink slowly – sipping every 2 minutes for an hour, you’ll get better results. Your body needs time to absorb all that water. So drinking a bottle in 2 minutes will just make you urinate it.
A3when we do sports we perspire more water then the usual, I’m sure you noticed that ? . if you drink water before your activity you fill the body reserves with water – hence you have more water to begin with and less chance of dehydration.
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