Dehydration happens when you lose more fluid than you take in. Three of the most common signs of dehydration include feeling thirsty and lightheaded, passing less urine than you normally would and passing dark-coloured urine when you do go to the toilet.
Signs of dehydration – The role of water
When you have reduced water content, the balance of minerals is upset, which means the way your body functions changes. Our bodies are supposed to consist of two-thirds water. We need this water for many different purposes, including flushing toxins away, keeping skin in good condition, efficient digestion and to keep the eyes and joints lubricated. If you are dehydrated, you may also start to feel tired and your mouth may become dry.
Dehydration can happen in hot weather when we don’t consume enough water. Many people become dehydrated when in warm locations overseas. It can also be caused by illnesses. If you have been suffering from diarrhoea, copious vomiting or a fever, you may have experienced dehydration too.
Though signs of dehydration can be experienced by anybody, babies and infants, older people and people with diabetes or alcoholism are at particular risk of it. If dehydration isn’t treated, seizures and brain damage can occur. It can also be fatal. You are advised to seek medical attention immediately if you haven’t passed urine for eight hours, your heartbeat has sped up, you feel dizzy or incredibly thirsty or you feel more tired or confused than usual and suspect the cause is dehydration. You should consult your doctor if your baby has vomited three or more times or had diarrhoea six or more times in 24 hours.
Have you come to harm on holiday?
Signs of dehydration often become apparent on holiday. If you have come to harm on holiday and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation with Accident Advice Helpline. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have a great deal of experience when it comes to helping people get compensated for accidents caused by other people’s negligence and recklessness. We always do all we can to get you the outcome you deserve if we do feel you have a case, and you can get in touch with us at any point if you do have a query about how we can assist you.
Call 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) to find out more.
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice