Dehydration is a condition of when your body loses or uses more fluid than you can take in, and your body is unable to continue with its normal bodily functions. If your body is not able to replace the lost fluids, this results in dehydration.
Dehydration clinically presents as extremely dry skin, feeling dizzy, dry mouth, weakness, confusion, irritability, fainting, sunken eyes, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, and inability to urinate or have very dark urine.
Because dehydration can occur at any time, it's essential to understand its symptoms and manage them.
GuruMD offers online advice for dehydration, allowing you to speak with a board-certified professional and get treatment from your home's comfort. Find out about this condition by reading here.
What is Dehydration?
Dehydration is when there is a significant loss of fluid of the body, which impairs normal bodily functions. Causes are not due to any underlying disease. The reasons are insufficient fluid consumption, medication side effects, heat, excessive sweating, excessive physical activity, diarrhea, virus, malnutrition, and diabetes.
The focus of the treatment is towards alleviating any discomfort and finding the cause to treat it.
Symptoms of Dehydration
The most common symptoms of dehydration are:
- Feeling dizzy
- Sunken eyes
- Rapid breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Very dry skin
- Unable to urinate or to urinate very dark yellow urine
- Lack of energy
How Does GuruMD Treat Dehydration?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with dehydration. If you are experiencing any of the above dehydration symptoms, all you have to do is create an account to get in touch with a medical provider. Register online and then visit a doctor from your app.
Our board-certified professionals will diagnose dehydration by asking questions about your recent health history and current symptoms. Usually, an office visit is not needed, so going online to see a doctor is convenient and useful.
The doctor may send you to a lab for blood work and possibly urine samples, as this helps the healthcare provider identify potential infection or any other causes of disease.
The main goal of dehydration treatment is symptom relief. The physician may recommend drinking water, drinking electrolyte-containing drinks such as Gatorade or vitamin water, suck on ice chips, and suck on cold popsicles, made from juices for the immediate replenishing of lost fluids. If you are outdoors in an extreme heat climate, it would be advisable to find an indoor shelter that is cool. In severe cases, you might need an IV drip to replenish lost fluids.
The physician will provide medical advice on how to manage the symptoms of dehydration once you receive the proper treatment. The primary treatment is to replenish the lost fluid.
To make sure you're on the right track, we offer walk-in appointments for patients with dehydration. We want to make sure you enjoy a safe recovery process and get all the care you need to overcome your symptoms.
Are you experiencing dehydration? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.