Dehydration

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What is dehydration? Dehydration is the loss of water and salts essential for normal body function. It occurs when one uses or loses more fluid than one takes in. If he or she doesn't replace lost fluids, he or she will get dehydrated.     What are the signs and symptoms of dehydration?
  • thirst
  • headaches
  • loss of appetite
  • not much urine volume
  • confusion
  • unexplained tiredness
  • purple fingernails
  • general discomfort
  What are the causes of dehydration?
  • not enough drinking of water
  • diarrhea, vomiting
  • fever
  • excessive sweating
  • increased urination
  How to treat dehydration?
  • children with mild or moderate dehydration over-the-counter oral rehydration solution
  • adults with mild or moderate dehydration drinking more water or other liquids
  • children or adults who are severely dehydrated treated by emergency personnel salts and fluids delivered through a vein
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