Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center
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Knowing When You Are Dehydrated

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.

Muscle Cramps

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.

Dry Skin

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 information.