It is extremely important to stay hydrated whilst you have a sickness bug. Here is why.
Why you need to stay hydrated whilst you have a sickness bug
When you are healthy, more than two-thirds of your body is made up of water. This water aids digestion and lubricates your eyes and joints. It also keeps your skin healthy and flushes out toxins and waste.
When you are suffering from sickness and diarrhoea, you lose a great deal of fluid. Unless you stay hydrated whilst you have a sickness bug, dehydration may occur.
Dehydration is a significant reduction of your body’s normal water content. Upsetting the body’s mineral (sugar and salts) balance, dehydration affects how your body functions and could cause:
- Loss of stamina and strength
- Heat exhaustion
Chronic dehydration can:
- Affect kidney functions
- Increase your risk of developing kidney stones
- Cause constipation and muscle damage
Some of these effects can be very painful, debilitating and, unless treated quickly, could cause more serious, potentially fatal, complications. The need to stay hydrated whilst you have a sickness bug and recognising the symptoms of dehydration quickly, therefore, becomes clear.
Symptoms of dehydration
The first signs of dehydration are dark-coloured urine and thirst, which is your body’s attempt to decrease the loss of water and increase water intake. Other possible symptoms include:
- Light-headedness or dizziness
- Tiredness and/or headaches
- Dry lips, mouth and eyes
You may also infrequently (less than three to four times per day) pass urine, passing only small amounts at a time.
Catching a sickness bug
The medical term for the sickness, or stomach bug, is viral gastroenteritis. Highly contagious, this condition is usually passed on from one person to the next. Washing your hands frequently and staying in to prevent spreading the bug is therefore of utmost importance if you are suffering from a sickness bug.
Sickness bugs and food poisoning
If you were infected with a sickness bug or food poisoning at a restaurant or hotel due to lack of hygiene, you could qualify for personal injury compensation.
If you believe you were made ill with a sickness bug or food poisoning at a hotel or restaurant, call us, Accident Advice Helpline, for friendly, helpful compensation advice. The numbers you should call from your mobile or any UK landline are 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 respectively. Lines are open 24/7 and calls are obligation-free and confidential. All claims are processed on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: April 24, 2017
Author: Accident Advice