WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Dehydration is a condition that happens when your body does not have enough fluid. You may become dehydrated if you do not drink enough water, lose too much fluid, or both. Fluid loss may also cause loss of electrolytes (minerals), such as sodium.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Drink plenty of liquids:
Men 19 years old and older should drink about 3 liters of liquid each day (about 13 eight-ounce cups). Women 19 years old and older should drink about 2 liters of liquid each day (about 9 eight-ounce cups). Drink even more liquids if you will be outdoors, in the sun for a long time, or exercising. Drink liquids throughout the day, not just when you feel thirsty. The best liquids to drink have water, sugar, and minerals in them. These liquids help your body hold in fluid and help prevent dehydration. Ask your primary healthcare provider which liquids are best to drink if you are on a low-sodium or low-sugar diet.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You are having trouble keeping liquids down.
- You have new symptoms or your symptoms are worse than before.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You are losing or gaining weight without trying.
- You are unable to urinate.
- You are confused or cannot think clearly.
- You feel very weak or tired.
- You have a fast or an irregular heartbeat.
- You have trouble breathing.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.