Dehydration Treatment Questions and Answers
If you are suffering from symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration, visit AFC Urgent Care Santee today for dehydration treatment. We offer walk-in availability to the general public so we can help you when you need it most. We are conveniently located at 10538 Mission Gorge Road Suite 100 Santee, CA 92071.
Staying hydrated is incredibly important, especially during these warm summer months. When enjoying the weather outside on a hot day, it can be easy to lose track of drinking fluids, however this is one of the most crucial times to maintain fluid intake, as dehydration can lead to serious complications if untreated. A study that surveyed over 3000 Americans found that 75% of people were chronically dehydrated. Even if people drink 8 glasses of hydrating fluids a day, the study found that their consumption of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages offset this number, resulting in fluid loss (dehydration).
What is dehydration?
Dehydration occurs when the body does not intake as much fluids as it needs to properly function. Without enough fluids, bodies cannot perform their normal functions, both physically and physiologically. Depending on how much fluid is missing from the body, dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe.
How does dehydration develop?
It is normal to lose water from the body every day via sweating, breathing, urinating, and defecating, as well as through tears and saliva (spit). Usually, lost liquids are replaced by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. If a person loses too much water or does not drink and eat enough, they can become dehydrated. It is easier to lose fluids with:
- A fever
- Excessive sweating
- Frequent urination (some medications—known as diuretics—can increase the rate of urination)
Water may not be replaced because people:
- Are busy and forget to drink enough
- Do not realize they are thirsty
- Do not feel like drinking because they have a sore throat or feel sick or nauseous
What are signs of severe dehydration?
Signs of mild or moderate dehydration include:
- Dry or sticky mouth
- Not urinating very much
- Dark yellow urine
- Dry, cool skin
- Muscle cramps
Signs of severe dehydration include:
- Not urinating frequently
- Very dark or cloudy urine
- Very dry skin
- Feeling dizzy
- Rapid heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- Sunken eyes
- Sleepiness, lack of energy, confusion or irritability
Symptoms for babies and children may include:
- Dry mouth and tongue
- No tears when crying
- Dry diapers for 3 hours
- Sunken eyes, cheeks, or soft spot (located at the top of the skull)
- Sleepiness, lack of energy, or irritability
When should you go to the urgent care for dehydration?
You should go to urgent care if you are experiencing mild to moderate dehydration. Severe dehydration should be treated at an emergency room and may require an IV to restore proper fluid levels. In most cases, oral rehydration is the preferred method of treatment. However, an intravenous fluid (IV) may be necessary if oral rehydration does not take immediately or is not possible due to illness or injury.
How can I prevent dehydration?
Especially when spending time outdoors, the easiest way to prevent dehydration is to make sure there is always plenty of water on hand. Checking weather forecasts for high temperatures and heat indexes can help as well. It is best to avoid exercise and outdoor exposure on days when temperatures are high.
Another important thing to consider is the danger of consuming alcohol on hot days. This is because alcohol consumption increases water loss while simultaneously impairing a person’s ability to recognize the early signs of dehydration. If a person must be outdoors on high-temperature days, it is vital to wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water. Having a personal fan to keep cool is another great way to prevent dehydration.
If you or someone you love is experiencing the signs of dehydration, come to AFC Urgent Care in Santee, CA for professional care you can trust. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating dehydration and can help you restore your body’s normal fluid levels. Call us today or book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 10538 Mission Gorge Road Suite 100, Santee, CA 92071. Our office is open seven days a week from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Santee CA, Carlton Hills CA, Sky Ranch CA, Riverwalk CA, and Mission View Estates CA.