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Q: Stomach Problems ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Stomach Problems
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: bamadee-ga
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Posted: 09 Aug 2006 20:21 PDT
Expires: 08 Sep 2006 20:21 PDT
Question ID: 754520
How can I tell if I'm dehydrated and need to go to the Emergency Room?
Subject: Re: Stomach Problems
Answered By: crabcakes-ga on 10 Aug 2006 17:24 PDT
Hello Bamadee.

  With the current heat wave in the US, this is an important question!

       Here are the symptoms of severe dehydration, which is a true
medical emergency! Please check the site for complete information,
(scroll down the page) as it details mild and moderate symptoms as
well. If you recognize mild symptoms, take steps immediately, to avoid
reaching subsequent levels. Drink the equal of 8 glasses of liquid,
that contain 8 ounces in each glass, per day, more than that is
outside and/or exercising.

    Symptoms of severe dehydration (even if only one of them is present) include:

?Altered behavior, such as severe anxiety, confusion, or not being
able to stay awake.
?Faintness that is not relieved by lying down, or lightheadedness that
continues after standing for 2 minutes.
?Inability to stand or walk.
?Rapid breathing.
?Weak, rapid pulse.
?Cold, clammy skin or hot, dry skin.
?Little or no urination.
?Loss of consciousness.

    By the time a person becomes severely dehydrated, there is no
longer enough fluid in the body to get blood to the vital organs.
Severe dehydration is a medical emergency and requires emergency
treatment. Call 911 or other emergency services immediately.

Mild to moderate dehydration is treated at home by drinking more
fluids. Treatment for moderate to severe dehydration may include IV
fluids and a stay in the hospital.?

?The degree of dehydration is graded according to signs and symptoms
that reflect the amount of fluid lost:
?In the early stages of dehydration, there are no signs or symptoms.
Early features are difficult to detect but include dryness of mouth and thirst.

As dehydration increases, signs and symptoms develop. These include:
thirst, restless or irritable behaviour, decreased skin turgor, dry
mucous membranes, sunken eyes, sunken fontanelle (in infants), and
absence of tears when crying vigorously.

?Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as
it should. Dehydration can be caused by losing too much fluid, not
drinking enough water or fluids, or both. Vomiting and diarrhea are
common causes.
Infants and children are more susceptible to dehydration than adults
because of their smaller body weights and higher turnover of water and
electrolytes. The elderly and those with illnesses are also at higher
Dehydration is classified as mild, moderate, or severe based on how
much of the body's fluid is lost or not replenished. When severe,
dehydration is a life-threatening emergency.?

?Untreated severe dehydration may result in seizures, permanent brain
damage, or death.?

I hope this has helped you out! Have a glass of water and a slice of watermelon!

Sincerely, Crabcakes

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Subject: Re: Stomach Problems
From: artqs-ga on 09 Aug 2006 20:40 PDT
Courtesy of, the symtoms of dehydration are:

Less frequent urination 
Dry skin 
Dark colored urine 
Signs of dehydration in children include 

Dry mouth and tongue 
No tears when crying 
No wet diapers for 3 hours or more 
Sunken abdomen, eyes, or cheeks 
High fever 
Listlessness or irritability 
Skin that does not flatten when pinched and released 

 - artqs

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