Thirsty or Dehydrated?

Dehydration is a common problem with dangerous effects. Simply not drinking enough water can have a serious and detrimental impact on your entire body’s function. As we live in Texas, where it’s already starting to feel like summer heat, it becomes even more important to drink enough water during the day.

What does dehydration feel like? It often starts with dizziness and feeling light-headed. As these are two relatively common symptoms, it’s important to do a full run-down of your day. If you find yourself going…well, I didn’t drink enough water, there’s your answer. There are a few other symptoms as well, including fatigue, inability to pee, irritability, confusion, and in extreme cases, an irregular heartbeat.

Big deal, it’s just not drinking enough water. Wrong. It’s a very big deal. Here are some risks of dehydration. For everyone, however, depleted water supplies can lead to a variety of health problems including seizures, migraines, kidney problems, high blood pressures and heat injury. One of the most serious risks of dehydration is hypovolemic shock, which is caused by low blood volume leading to a drop in blood pressure and oxygen levels. Dehydration can absolutely be fatal, if you don’t take it seriously.

The good news though is that you can visit an urgent health care center for dehydration. However, if you’re experiencing symptoms like difficulty breathing, a prolonged lack of urination, chest pain, or even seizures, the hospital will likely be a better place for you. There, a doctor will diagnose you and usually treat you with fluids, either via IV or by mouth. It’s important to note that if any of the above symptoms happen, going to the emergency room may be more appropriate.

By knowing the symptoms and risks of dehydration, you can protect yourself and those around you from potentially dangerous situations. As always, the best way to avoid dehydration all together is prevention. Be sure to drink water frequently, especially when it is hot outside or when you are doing something active. If you suspect you or someone else is suffering from severe dehydration, act quickly. There is no time to waste when it comes to the body’s most vital substance.