Dehydration Treatment Questions and Answers
If you are suffering from symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration, visit AFC Urgent Care Clairemont 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 5671 Balboa Ave San Diego, CA 92111.
Dehydration can creep up before you know it on hot summer days or when you are ill with vomiting or diarrhea. If you notice that you are feeling notably thirsty in such situations, it is a sign that dehydration has already set in. As such, it is essential to be proactive if you are starting to feel unwell or are going to be spending time outside on a hot day, especially if you are drinking alcohol or being physically active, by drinking water early in the day. At AFC Urgent Care, our medical doctors and professionals will be here for you if you become dehydrated and require medical attention.
What is dehydration?
Dehydration is an insufficient amount of water in your body, leading to diminished organ function and potentially serious consequences if not dealt with promptly.
Water plays a crucial role in nearly every organ function in your body, as approximately 55 to 78 percent of your body is composed of water, with newborn babies on the higher end and adults on the lower end. Your brain and heart are 73 percent water; lungs are 83 percent water; bones are 31 percent water; muscles and kidneys are 79 percent water, and your skin is 64 percent water. With that in mind, water helps such organ functions in the following ways:
- Cushions the bones
- Delivers oxygen throughout your body
- Helps with chemical balance, digestion, and waste elimination
- Instrumental in hormone, neurotransmitter, and saliva production
- Regulates your body temperature
- Shock absorber for your brain, spinal cord, and the womb during pregnancy
- And more!
How does dehydration develop?
Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid or water than you consume, which can happen for various reasons. Some common causes of dehydration developing include time spent outside on a hot day without drinking enough water (particularly when physical activity is involved), medications like diuretics that work to help your body lose more fluid, alcohol consumption, vomiting or diarrhea, excessive sweating, or a fever.
Additionally, some factors that increase one’s risk of developing dehydration include the following:
- Chronic medical conditions, including diabetes or kidney disease
- Individuals who work or exercise outside, particularly in hot weather
- Infants and toddlers, as young children are unable to regulate their body temperature as well as adults, and also cannot always communicate if they are thirsty or help themselves to water
- Older adults, as our fluid reserves diminish as we age
What are signs of severe dehydration?
Severe dehydration is dangerously close to heatstroke, which is considered a medical emergency. As such, it is vital to know and pay attention to the signs of severe dehydration so that you can seek immediate attention if you experience it. With that in mind, some of the symptoms of severe dehydration include the following:
- Confusion, irritability, or extreme fatigue
- Dizziness or fainting
- Lack of urination or perspiration
- Poor skin turgor, which is when your skin delays returning to its normal color after a pinch
- Racing heart rate and rapid breathing
- Sunken eyes
- Unusually dark, yellow urine
- Very dry skin
When should you go to the urgent care for dehydration?
While mild dehydration can usually be sufficiently treated at home with rest and increased fluid intake, you should go to an urgent care clinic for any case of dehydration that occurs with any of the following symptoms:
- Cool and dry skin
- Dark, yellow urine
- Dry and sticky mouth
- Excessive thirst
- Lack of urination
- Muscle cramps
- Significant headache
For more information about dehydration treatment or an appointment with us at AFC Urgent Care, we welcome you to give us a call or visit our clinic at 5671 Balboa Ave in San Diego, California, for a walk-in appointment. We serve patients from Clairemont CA, Chula Vista CA, San Diego CA, Santa Ana CA, Anaheim CA and Long Beach, CA.