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What is dehydration?

Dehydration is a condition in which the body loses more fluids than it takes in.

What are the signs of dehydration?

Signs of dehydration include thirst, dry mouth, decreased urination, dark urine, dizziness, fatigue, and increased heart rate.

How Is Dehydration Treated?

The treatment for dehydration depends on the severity of the dehydration. Mild cases can be treated by drinking fluids and eating salty foods. More severe cases may require intravenous fluids or hospitalization.

Can Dehydration Be Prevented?

The best way to prevent dehydration is to drink water. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Drink water before you get thirsty.

Monitor your salt intake. Salt can help retain fluids in the body when it is sweating or in hot weather.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol can cause dehydration by causing the person to urinate more often and lose fluids faster than normal, especially when they are exercising or working outside in hot weather.