Dehydration

Dehydration is the body water deficiency. Dehydration happens when the body’s water output is higher than its intake. The water deficiency generally results in the rising of the sodium Dehydration Dehydrationlevel in the blood. Decreased water intake, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, excessive heat, and diuretics use may cause Dehydration.

Specific diseases including Addison’s disease, diabetes insipidus, and diabetes mellitus may result in Dehydration because of excessive water loss. At the early stages, Dehydration stimulates the brain’s thirst center, resulting in an individual drink more fluids. If intake of water may not keep up with loss of the water, Dehydration becoming more severe. Sweating decrease and urine is produced in lower amounts, water moves from the vast reservoirs inside cells into the blood. If Dehydration continues, the body’s tissues start to dry out. The cells start to malfunction and shrive. Mental confusion is a major sign of severe Dehydration, which may lead to coma. With the more common causes of Dehydrations including diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, electrolytes (particularly, potassium and sodium) are also lost in addition to water. Therefore, Dehydration is frequently accompanied by electrolytes deficiency. When deficiency of the electrolytes occur, water does not move as readily from the large reservoirs inside of cells into the bloodstream. Thus, the water amount circulating in the blood is further lowered. Blood pressure may drop, resulting in impending blackout sensation or light-headaches, especially upon standing (orthostatic hypotension).

If electrolytes and water loss continue, blood pressure may fall extremely low, causing shock and severe injuries to many internal organs, including brain, liver, and kidney. The treatment of Dehydration consists of drinking water. However, when loss of electrolytes and water have occured, salt (particularly, potassium and sodium) should also be replaced. Such commercial drinks as Gatorade have been made to replace the electrolytes (salts) lost at the vigorous exercises time. Such flavored drinks may be taken to treat mild Dehydration or prevent Dehydration. Drinking enough of fluids and using additional salt after or during exercises works just as well.

Individuals with kidney or heart disorders must consult their physician about safe fluids replacing before starting any exercises. If blood pressure falls enough to result in shock threat or shock, the doctor usually gives a solution consisting of sodium chloride intravenously. Intravenous fluid is given rapidly at the beginning and then more gradually as the patient’s physical condition improving.

The Dehydration’s underlying causes are always addressed. For instance, if individuals experience diarrhea, then drug to stop or treat diarrhea may be needed in addition to fluid replacement. If the kidney excretes excessive water because an individual has antidiuretic hormone deficiency, as may happen with diabetes insipidus, long synthetic antidiuretic hormone treatment can be required. Once Dehydration’s causes have been treated, the individual which recovers from Dehydration is then monitored to be sure that oral fluid intake is once again sufficient to keep hydration under control.

Tags: , , , , ,

You might also be interested in:

Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus is a medical condition where the kidney produces a large dilute urine...
Overhydration Overhydration is a water excess in the person's body. Overhydration happens when body's water intake...
Cholera Cholera is a medical condition, in which the small intestine results from the bacterium, known as Vibrio...
Hyponatremia Hyponatremia (low level of sodium in blood) is a concentration of sodium in blood under 136 mEq (milliequivalents)...

Leave a Reply

*

All information on United Health Directory is meant only for educational purposes.
Consult your doctor if you have questions about your medical condition.
© 2005-2011 Eye Site Media. All rights reserved.