5 Signs of Dehydration

5 Signs of Dehydration

Severe dehydration is a serious problem that can lead to seizures, urinary and kidney problems and even a life-threatening problem called hypovolemic shock or low blood volume shock. But, well before dehydration reaches such a serious state, there are some signs to let you know you need more fluid. 

At AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta, we offer IV hydration therapy, along with several services to help remediate some of the effects of dehydration when it comes to your appearance. Dr. Maki Rheaume and her staff know both the dangers of severe dehydration and the effects of chronic mild dehydration — and we can help with both. 

Dangerous dehydration

The symptoms of severe dehydration in adults include: 

Although you may become mildly dehydrated when you’re busy or distracted, usually other circumstances lead to a more dangerous level of dehydration. For example, if you’re sick and you have diarrhea or vomiting, you’re losing much more fluid than usual and can easily become dehydrated. 

If you have a fever or are sweating excessively, dehydration becomes more likely, as well. Sometimes if you have taken certain medications, or have an undiagnosed medical problem like diabetes, you may urinate frequently and have an increased risk of dehydration. 

Mild dehydration

It’s also possible to be mildly dehydrated. That’s not great for your health, either, and it can have an impact on your appearance. Here are some of the symptoms of mild dehydration. 

1. Thirst

Thirst is not always a good indicator of dehydration, but it’s useful to pay attention to your thirst level. Some people discover simply having a water bottle at hand is enough to keep themselves adequately hydrated. 

2. Headaches

A headache due to dehydration is no fun, and even worse, for some people dehydration can trigger migraine. If your headache goes away when you drink water, you know dehydration was the cause. 

3. Dark undereye circles

When you’re dehydrated the skin around your eyes tends to pull away, causing your eyes to look sunken. And, chronic dehydration robs your skin of elasticity and increases the appearance of dark undereye circles. 

4. Dull skin/itchy skin

Dehydrated skin lacks shine and is often itchy. Dehydrated skin isn’t the same as dry skin, though there are some overlapping symptoms. 

5. Less frequent urination

Even with mild dehydration, you may find that you urinate less often than you would normally. 

What you can do

Drinking more water is always a good idea if you suspect you’re chronically dehydrated. But, you can take other steps, as well. Our IV hydration therapy is a great way to replace lost fluids quickly. 

You may also be interested in our skin rejuvenation services, or radiofrequency microneedling to boost your skin’s elasticity and overall appearance. 

If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you overcome the effects of chronic dehydration, schedule an appointment online or by phone at AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta. 

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