7 Unusual signs of dehydration

By:Bhadra Kamalasanan, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 12, 2015

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Dehydration can be a life-threatening medical problem that you must seek out with proper treatment before it seeks you out. Most importantly, bear in mind to not depend on the obvious signs of dehydration.
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    Dehydration and the Subsequent Miseries

    The fact that water is an indispensable part of our breathing life never comes home to us until we find ourselves parching under the scorching sun. To our better luck, there are a variety of signs that can tell us the dying level of water inside. And, if you aren’t closely watchful, you could quite literally pop your clogs.  An important lesson to learn is to never be over dependant on the throat to signal dehydration. Instead, take a look at these unusual signs of dehydration to be on the guard even before summer arrives.

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    Dry Skin

    The reason why moisturisers are the first to be recommended to someone with a dry skin is because they have more than 50 percent water. As you go up the many stages of dehydration, you begin to not have enough blood volume and thus develop dry skin. Also, when the skin is not evaporating well, you tend to experience skin flushing.

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    Bad Breath

    Saliva is rich in anti-bacterial properties, but dehydration can make it difficult for the body to produce enough saliva. And if you do not produce enough saliva, you welcome bacterial outgrowth, which causes serious case of bad breath.

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    Chills and Fever

    If your body is severely dehydrated, you will experience symptoms of fever and chills, which can also be life-threatening. Fever, especially, can be dangerous and therefore, you must seek the help of your general physician. Note the temperature and visit a doctor if it rises over 101 degree Fahrenheit.

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    Anatomically, the brain sits inside a fluid sack that ensures it doesn’t bump against the skull. If this sack is running low or has got depleted because of dehydration, the brain will push up against a part of the skull and cause headaches.

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    Muscle Cramps

    Water is generally consumed to flush toxins out and to keep the body cool. So, when you do not drink enough water, your body heats up. Consequently, a heated body can have its effect on the muscles. As muscles start to work harder, they seize up from the heat. This brings about a change in electrolytes, sodium and potassium levels, leading to cramping.

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    Cravings for Sweets

    Never in your wildest dreams would you have thought that a craving for sweet-that you often have-could be a result of dehydration. Well, when you are dehydrated, it becomes difficult for certain nutrients as well as organs such as liver to use water to release glycogens and other important components of energy stores. All these can make you crave for food.

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    Perennial Tiredness

    This may not be all that unusual, but general tiredness that you may accuse minor physical activity to be causing could actually be caused by dehydration. When you feel dizzy or unable to walk properly, try to down a glass of water and it may all fall in place.

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