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Dehydration is a more or less severe decrease in the amount of water in the body, which also affects the concentration of electrolytes. Children need special care, the elderly and the sick.
1. What is dehydration?
Water. Essential to life and proper functioning of the body.
Dehydration is the lack of water needed for the body. May be due to excessive loss of fluids through sweat, vomit, diarrhea, to excessive discharge of urine (diuretic drug or untreated diabetes) or a lack of fluid intake. As a result, alter the body’s functions and appear a number of clinical signs ranging from thirst or dry skin to coma and death in extreme cases.
Normally, you lose a certain amount of water daily through breathing, sweat (a pint a day) and urine, and tears, or feces.
But not infrequently occurring abnormal losses due to vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or dehydration from excessive heat. Excessive losses may also occur in the urine in certain diseases such as uncontrolled diabetes or intake of drugs called diuretics that promote urination.
In other cases there may be loss of fluid from burns or internal or external bleeding.