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What are the Different Types of Dehydration Treatment?

Daniel Liden
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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There are many different kinds of dehydration treatment ranging from the obvious and logical to the arcane-sounding home remedies. Dehydration occurs when the body does not contain the amount of water as well as some other fluids and substances that it requires to function properly. Many different things can cause dehydration, such as not drinking enough, heavy exercise, prolonged exposure to warm weather, vomiting, and diarrhea. Dry mouth, dark yellow urine, fatigue, and sunken eyes are among the most common indicators of dehydration, while extreme lethargy or coma could accompany more severe cases. Severe cases involving a significant loss of water can be and sometimes are life threatening.

The most basic and common dehydration treatment is, quite simply, water. The problem was caused by losing water or failing to consume enough water, so replenishing the body's supply of water is of the utmost importance. Drinking cold water in small amounts over a period of time is an effective way to rehydrate the body. Cold water can cool down the body, which is helpful when dehydration is caused by excessive heat and is potentially accompanied by heat exhaustion. Drinking small amounts over a period of time give the body a chance to handle the influx of water and can prevent vomiting.

Water is not all that is lost when one becomes dehydrated; the body also tends to lose some essential salts and electrolytes that allow it to function properly. Drinking water, while it is a good place to start any dehydration treatment, will not replace any lost substances other than water. There are some bottled beverages and flavored waters marketed for athletes that contain electrolytes lost through sweat. Bananas also make an excellent dehydration treatment; they contain a great deal of water and potassium, both of which are generally lacking in dehydrated individuals. In severe cases, dehydration treatment can mean hospitalization and intravenous fluid administration.

Dehydration affects different people in different ways, so dehydration treatments vary based on who exactly is suffering from a lack of water. It does not usually affect healthy young to middle-aged individuals too badly, though it is still important for them to stay hydrated. The elderly and infants are both at significantly greater risk because of the frailty of their bodies and, in many cases, because of their inability to help themselves. Infants, in particular, are very susceptible to dehydration because of their low body weight, low water content, and total inability to hydrate themselves. Vigilance, therefore, is of the utmost importance; parents or caretakers need to ensure that the infant stays hydrated, especially after vomiting or diarrhea.

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Daniel Liden
By Daniel Liden
Daniel Liden, a talented writer with a passion for cutting-edge topics and data analysis, brings a unique perspective to his work. With a diverse academic background, he crafts compelling content on complex subjects, showcasing his ability to effectively communicate intricate ideas. He is skilled at understanding and connecting with target audiences, making him a valuable contributor.
Discussion Comments
By turquoise — On May 16, 2012

I've been dehydrated once in my life. It was a really stressful time at my job and that day I left for work without having breakfast. I drank coffee throughout the day, barely had any water or food.

By the time I reached home from work, I felt like fainting. I was so nauseated and couldn't even walk properly. I also had this horrible migraine that would hit in cycles. My husband was home and he had no idea how to help me. I ended up in the hospital and the doctor said that I was dehydrated. He asked me about what I had eaten and drank that day and said, "no wonder!"

I didn't know this but apparently coffee is a diuretic, along with everything else that has caffeine. So it causes extra water to leave the body through urination. If you don't drink much water, which was what I did, it can cause dehydration.

So I guess the best treatment is prevention by avoiding diuretics (some medicines are diuretics too) and drinking more water if you have things like tea and coffee to make up for the water loss.

By candyquilt — On May 15, 2012

As an athlete, I mostly rely on electrolyte water. Like the article said, when we lose body fluid, we don't just lose water. Drinking water is important but when you're dehydrated, I feel it's not enough.

I usually drink electrolyte water instead of regular water throughout practices. Natural sparkling water is good too because it has natural minerals in it. I also try to add more watery foods to my diet. I try to have soups with meals and vegetables and fruits that have a lot of water content. Cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and watermelon are some good ones. I try to balance out the fluid I lose with exercise this way.

By burcinc — On May 15, 2012

I had a bad case of food poisoning recently which gave me diarrhea and caused me to vomit. I had so much nausea that I wasn't able to drink much water. I tried to hold out and didn't want to go to the hospital but when the vomiting didn't stop and I became extremely tired and lethargic, my mom took me to the emergency.

At the ER, they put my on an IV serum to replenish the lost fluid. They also added antibiotics to it to help with the poisoning. I think I was really dehydrated because my eyes were completely sunken and my under eye area had become dark and purplish.

In fifteen-twenty minutes of receiving the IV, I started feeling so much better. The nausea stopped, I started having some energy and my face started looking a lot better. I realized then how important water is for our bodies.

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