Dehydration is a condition where a person’s body does not get enough fluids and water. States of dehydration are mild to very severe. The latter is very dangerous. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of dehydration. You may realize you yourself are dehydrated, or recognize those symptoms in somebody else. You can then take the necessary steps to get properly hydrated. Let’s take a closer look at dehydration symptoms.
Symptoms of Mild Dehydration
The many signs of dehydration depend upon the seriousness. If it’s a mild case you may notice increased thirst. This is often associated with a dry and somewhat parched mouth. You might begin to experience nausea and headaches, as well as a general feeling of tiredness. Your urine can also be affected by dehydration. The amount will be decreased and it’ll be a darker yellow. That means you have not taken in enough fluids. The latter of which indicates that you simply haven’t had enough hydration in quite some time. These symptoms are generally exacerbated if you’re working out or playing a game. They will also worsen over time if you don’t take action to tackle the issue, eventually worsening to become severe dehydration.
Symptoms of Severe Dehydration
Once severe dehydration sets in, there are a wide assortment of new symptoms that may begin to occur. Don’t wait for them to happen. They require immediate medical attention. If you stop urinating altogether, or have only a very small output of urine when attempting to urinate, then your dehydration is very likely to be severe. Any urine will be an extremely dark yellow, or even an amber color. A fever can be quite dangerous when secondary to dehydration. Severe nausea could happen, even to the point of preventing you from standing up or moving around.
Your blood pressure may also begin to fall at moments when you stand up after lying down for a time period. Though it can be difficult to detect this symptom, your skin may start to get rid of some of its elasticity. In this event the skin takes quite a while to come back to normal after being pinched. The most serious signs of severe dehydration include shock, seizures, lethargy and confusion, and coma at its worst. If you notice any of these symptoms, in yourself or someone else, regard it as an emergency. Get help. Head to a hospital right away.