Dehydration is a serious condition that can lead to severe medical complications
if not addressed promptly. Knowing the signs of dehydration and when
emergency care is needed can help you take quick action to protect your health and the
health of your family.
When your body becomes dehydrated, changes in fluid levels also affect
the levels of electrolytes in the blood and muscles, as well as the body’s
ability to flush toxins from the muscles. Low fluid levels in the body
can also diminish its ability to regulate internal temperature. These
effects can all combine to cause painful muscle cramps, which can occur
even if you aren’t taking part in physical activities.
Fever and Chills
Dehydration and poor temperature regulation can cause you to feel cold,
rather than hot. Individuals suffering from dehydration often develop
chills and a fever, which can become dangerous if your temperature rises
too high without medical attention. If you have a fever over 101 degrees
Fahrenheit that you think is associated with dehydration, you should consider
seeking prompt emergency care.
Heat-related illnesses and poor body temperature regulation are often associated
with excessive sweating, however, the reduced
fluid levels in the body and altered circulation patterns caused by dehydration can affect your
ability to sweat, leading to dry skin that may also appear irritated or flushed.
Did You Know?
Dehydration is a serious health concern for all individuals, but can be
particularly dangerous in young children and older adults. Children can
become overheated three to five times faster than an adult, while seniors
experience a lower thirst impulse and are more likely to become dehydrated
when fluids lost through sweating or urination are not replaced.
Southern Hills Hospital is proud to be your trusted emergency care provider
in Las Vegas. If you need more information about summertime health concerns
or would like a physician referral, you can
reach a registered nurse at any time by phone at (702) 880-2700. We also invite you to take a look
through our hospital website for more important and helpful healthcare