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Dehydration - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Dehydration is a condition which happens when you lose more fluid (mostly water) from your body and that amount exceeds what that you have taken in. When dehydration occurs, more water moves out of the cells in the body than what you did drink before. It’s a natural phenomenon that we all lose water from our body all the time through defecation, urination, breathing and sweating. But when we lose too much of water, the body’s metabolism can go out of control. Severe dehydration can even ultimately lead to death.

There are many situations that can make the body lose water rapidly, and cause dehydration, such as:

  • Too much of exercise and exposure to extreme heat
  • Fever
  • Increased micturition due to infection, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Diseases like diabetes
  • Being disabled, inability to seek appropriate food and water when it’s required by the body
  • No access to uncontaminated and fresh drinking water
  • Skin injuries like mouth sores and wounds
  • Severe skin diseases which makes us lose water through the damaged skin

As dehydration can be really fatal, always try to make people who are dehydrated to take in fluids, even if they are vomiting. Sipping small amount of water at a time, or drinking electrolyte containing drinks (sports drinks) are an effective way for curing symptoms of dehydration. Another way getting out of dehydration is to suck on ice-chips or popsicles made from fruits and sports drinks. For people who has mouth sores or had a jaw surgery, sipping fluids through a straw proves effective for such patients. One of the foremost treatment for dehydration is to prevent this condition, by anticipating and thus increasing fluid intake. Always plan ahead and carry extra water when you are leaving for any outdoor events where you can face heat stress and increased sweating. Also encourage yourself and your dear ones to replace fluid at a rate that equals to the loss.

During high index day, avoid exposure to the heat. Plan your events those that must be done outside during the times of the day when the temperature is cooler. Make sure that anyone who is old, incapacitated or impaired is encouraged to drink and are provided with adequate supply of fluids and water to supplement their water lose. If you are doing any activity in the heat, wear loose fitting, light color clothes.

Last but not the least, as alcohol consumption increases water loss and also impair your ability to sense the early signs of dehydration, avoid drinking alcohol when the ambient temperature is very warm.

Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test not required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Increased thirst Dizziness Weakness Increased palpitations

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Foods You Should Not Eat When You're Sick

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You are feeling under the weather, and you wish you could eat something fried or processed right now to feel better. But that may not be the smartest thing to do! Read on to know more about what you should avoid eating when you are sick. If you are suffering from diarrhea, don t go anywhere near sweet foods made of artificial sweeteners, since sorbitol (a kind of artificial sweetener) isn t digestible and can instigate diarrhea. Also, avoid foods that can trigger bloating and gas, such as apples, onion, broccoli, beans and cabbages. Dairy, caffeine and alcohol can also provoke diarrhoea. Don t consume dairy products, chocolate, pain medications and iron supplements if you are constipated. If you are nauseous, don t eat greasy, oily or spicy foods. Avoid carbonated drinks, caffeine and alcohol as well. If you are having difficulties in swallowing due to a sore throat, hot fluids are by far the most beneficial. Not only do they help soothe your sore throat, but they're also known to loosen mucus, which may help relieve other symptoms such as congestion and stuffiness, often accompanying a sore throat, so consider eating soup or drinking hot water to alleviate the pain, and scratchy, hard foods such as granola, potato chips and nuts. Acidic juices made from vegetables and fruits, such as grape juice or orange juice, can also aggravate a sore throat. When your body aches, don t grab that cup of espresso or that glass of whiskey, since both caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate the body, thereby worsening the pain. Stay away from artificial sweeteners, aged chesses, MSG (monosodium glutamate which is found in soy sauce), chocolate, red wine and processed meat, if you have a headache. MSG has been linked to blood pressure which can cause headaches. Dairy products, processed or packaged foods, should be avoided if you have an earache. If you have an allergy, don t consume milk, wheat, soy, berries, eggs, tomatoes, fish, nuts, chocolates and nuts. These foods commonly cause itching. You might have cold, or your nose won t stop running. A hot broth or hot tea will give you comfort, but you should avoid spicy foods and alcohol. Spicy foods actually aggravate a runny nose. Flu, sinus or cold infection can inflame and irritate nasal blood vessels, making you feel like your nose is blocked. Avoid sugar and spicy foods if you have a congested nose.
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5 Surprising Foods that Will Keep You Cool this Summer As much as you would like, an ice cream can't help you cool down in the scorching heat of this summer. Although one may argue that one feels just fine after an ice cream, the truth is that it's only temporary. Cooling foods are what you should have as they help to cool heat and cleanse toxins from the body. Here are some of the foods that help cool down your body naturally: 1) Cucumber - Not surprisingly, being 'cool as a cucumber' actually holds true. Cucumbers are fruits that help keep the body hydrated. Keeping your body cool during hot days is vital to your health as it can help prevent a number of complications such as heat strokes and dehydration. Munching on cucumber slices and hummus is a good way to beat the heat and stay cool. 2) Watermelon - This quintessential beach fruit is yet another one which would help you beat the heat. This seasonal fruit acts like an internal air-conditioner, and is rich in water, helping in reducing body heat to a large extent while keeping you hydrated. 3) Peaches - Peaches are not only delicious but are very rich in vitamins A and C, which help in keeping your body cool. Besides, these vitamins also help in maintaining healthy skin and provide useful calories to the body. 4) Apples - Apples are fruits that help to fill you up and cool down your body at the same time. They contain about 4g of fiber and around 95 calories and are enriched with a soluble fiber called pectin, which stops hunger and helps in shedding weight. 5) Pineapple - Along with banana, cucumber, and some other fruits, pineapple helps to make a healthy smoothie. These ingredients have cooling properties, which hydrate the body and help to clear the heat. Also, pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which reduces inflammation in the body. If you would like to consult with me privately, please click on 'Consult'.

Nutritional Comparison Of Fruits & Dry Fruits!

Dr. Tulika Bakshi Sinha 90% (43 ratings)
Bachelor In Clinical Nutrition and Dieteics, Master in Nutrition and Dietetics
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The terms dry fruits and dried fruits seem synonymous, but there is a very thin line difference between the two. To put it in simple terms nuts are also known as dry fruits. Dry fruits can be further categorized as dehiscent and indehiscent. The former refers to seeds contained in a pod and the latter refers to those that are not found in a seedpod. This includes pistachios, cashew nuts, walnuts and almonds. On the other hand, natural fleshy fruits that have been naturally or synthetically dried are called dried fruits. For example, dehydrated figs, raisins, dried cherries, apricots, etc. are considered dried fruits. Dehydrated apples, bananas, kiwis, etc. are also called dried fruits. Which is the healthier choice? Dry fruits and dried fruits both have a number of health benefits. Dry fruits are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. However, they also contain a high amount of saturated fats and have a high calorific value. Hence, they should be consumed in moderation. Dry fruit consumption, on the other hand, should also be limited for people trying to lose weight and those suffering from heart problems. To make dry fruits like nuts healthier, you could soak them in water overnight and skin them the next morning before eating them, this helps in reducing the level of saturated fats in them. As compared to dry fruits, dried fruits have a much higher sugar level. Thus, their intake should be limited for weight watchers, diabetics, heart patients as well as those suffering from gallstones, high blood pressure and water retention. However, dried fruits can be beneficial for anemic patients and athletes. Dried fruits have the same vitamin and minerals as the fresh fruits and the only thing missing is the water content. Dried fruits are also rich in antioxidants and hence help boost immunity. Tips to buy dry fruits and dried fruits With both dry fruits and dried fruits, you must take a look at the ingredients in the case of packaged dry/dried fruits. Avoid nuts that have been artificially sweetened, salted or fried. Also, do not buy dried fruits that have sugar listed as an ingredient. Dried fruits are naturally sweet and artificial sweeteners only add calories without any added nutrition. For fruits that tend to be bitter when dried such as cranberries, look for dried cranberries that have been sweetened with 100% natural fruit juice. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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I want to drink. Plenty of water to keep myself hydrated but I am tired of taking it because the more water I drink the more pee I hv to go. Is that normal?

Dr. Muhib Jahan 88% (59 ratings)
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It's good to take water. But to be hydrated you can also take fresh juicy fruits. That not only keep you hydrated but also provide antioxidants which refresh you and keep many diseases away and increases glow on your skin and prevent cancers.
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Sir, I am suffering from a lot kind of symptoms, such as. I am losing too much of semen during urination, Low blood pressure Dizziness Balance problem Difficulty concentrating Pale face Weakness with everyday tasks of play Increased thirst Abnormal heartbeat Sleep issues Heat exposure Dehydration Eating causes diarrhoea I don't know what should I eat in my everyday diet. I am fetching from this kind of problems in my everyday life, I am so tired I don't know which kind of treatment I need .sometimes it feels like that I am dying. I do not know which department doctor should I be treated with. Please suggest me because I need urgent treatment. Or is it necessary to do MRI for this.

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Hello, Obesity might cause sleepy mood, litharicity, lack of concentration, tiredness with anguish temperament. You need to reduce your weight, first. Tk, plenty of water to hydrate your body eliminating toxins. Go for meditation to reduce your stress, nourishing your entire body including brain to make you confident. Your diet be easily digestible on time to check gastric disorder. Avoid, junk food, alcohol, nicotine, piza, burger. Tk, homoeopathic medicine:@ Phyto Berry Q-10 drops, thrice with little water. Report, ,wkly. Tk, care.

Hi Doctor I from Chennai. I think last one week my body heat so much increase when I go urine that time urine come over heat last one week only happen like this I drink more than water but now also continue same problem yesterday I went to play cricket just 2 hours only I stand in sun light after go to urine that time very heat I don't know why happen like this please help me & guide me doctor.

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All these symptom shows that 'Pitta' of your body got disturbed. So, take care of few things. Avoid: Sour food ( lemon, soar grapes , tamarind etc. ) , Spicy food. Include: Take a glass of fennel seed water ( soak 1 spoon fennel in a glass of water at night, heat it once , cool down and consume as first thing in the morning. Also chew 1 spoon fennel seeds after every meal. Don't leave yourself empty stomach , take freshly home prepared food or snacks in every 2 to 3 hours. About 10 am ,( after breakfast) take 1 glass milk with 1.5 spoon Gulkand mixed with 1 spoon fennel seeds. It will release all the extra heat from your body . Always drink water or some hydrating drink like coconut water before step out in sun.
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What are the ways to get out from dehydration in summer and how to take care for lip peal?

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Please Take plenty of water daily Avoid oily spicy and fast food, non veg food, processed food, rice Take Buttermilk, lemon juice, water fruits like water melon, cucumber, grapes etc daily Take Milk regularly Natrum moor 30 x Homeopathic medicine 5 globules three times a day for 3 weeks.
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Yesterday I spent more than 5 hours into direct sun light between 12-5 pm without drink water so body get dehydrated now what should I do.

Dr. Lalit Kumar Tripathy 90% (18877 ratings)
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1.Drink plenty of water with ORS/Electral 2.sipping water at frequent interval or sucking ice cubes, 3.Avoid exposure to bright sunlight 4.Stay indoor under fan/ AC 5.Avoid severe physical exertion 6.Take adequate rest 7.Avoid spicy/oily/fried and junk food. Take bland diet 8.Have fruits like green coconut/orange/watermelon/grape etc
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