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Hypohydration Causes

When one eliminates more water and salts than is replaced, dehydration results — the system literally dries out. Sometimes dehydration occurs for simple reasons: You don't drink enough because you're sick or busy, or because you lack access to potable water when you're hiking, traveling or camping.

Hypohydration Definition

Hypohydration (or dehydration) is the removal of water from an object. Medically, it is a condition in which the body contains an inadequate volume of water for normal functioning.

Hypohydration Diagnosis

If one is dehydrated, he or she is likely to have low blood pressure, especially when moving from a prone to a standing position, a faster than normal heart rate and reduced blood flow to the extremities.

Hypohydration Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms may include muscle cramps, headaches similar to what is experienced during a hangover, a sudden episode of visual snow, lowered blood pressure, and dizziness or fainting when standing up due to orthostatic hypotension. Untreated dehydration generally leads to delirium, unconsciousness, swelling of the tongue and in extreme cases death.

Hypohydration Treatment

The best treatment for minor dehydration is drinking water and stopping loss of fluids. Water is preferable to sport drinks and other commercially-sold rehydration fluids, as the balance of electrolytes they provide may not be similar the replacement requirements of the individual. To stop fluid loss from vomiting and diarrhea, one must avoid solid foods and drink only clear liquids

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