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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Dehydration is a condition that develops when your body does not have enough fluid. You may become dehydrated if you do not drink enough water or lose too much fluid. Fluid loss may also cause loss of electrolytes (minerals), such as sodium.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You are not able to urinate.
- You have trouble breathing.
- You are confused or cannot think clearly.
- You have a fast or irregular heartbeat.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have trouble drinking liquids because you are vomiting.
- Your symptoms get worse.
- You have a fever.
- You feel very weak or tired.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Drink liquids as directed:
Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Liquids that contain water, sugar, and minerals can help your body hold in fluid and help prevent dehydration. Drink liquids throughout the day, not just when you feel thirsty. Men should drink about 3 liters (13 eight-ounce cups) of liquid each day. Women should drink about 2 liters (9 eight-ounce cups) of liquid each day. Drink even more liquid if you will be outdoors, in the sun for a long time, or exercising.
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