How to Treat Dehydration and Diabetes
When dehydration occurs in the body it is because there are not enough fluids and/or water in order to function. There are many causes for this to happen such as being outside in the heat and not drinking enough or perhaps from being sick with added diarrhea or vomiting. Those that are at a higher risk for this are the elderly and younger children. There are three levels of dehydration which are mild, moderate and severe. You may not realize it but severe dehydration can actually be life-threatening. It is important to know and understand the signs in order to get treatment as soon as possible.
Symptoms to look out for are no tears if you cry, sunken eyes, mouth that has a dry or sticky feeling, urine that is a dark yellow color, if you go at all, or if you are lethargic. It is also possible that dehydration can cause diarrhea, vomiting or nausea. In patients that are diabetic dehydration can affect the levels of blood sugar which can, of course, be a concern for additional medical conditions. When you go to the doctor and he gives an examination it is possible that he may notice your heart rate being fast, your blood pressure may be low, your skin might have no elasticity and you could also be in shock.
The treatment that you will receive is going to depend heavily on the level of your dehydration. In a mild case it is best to drink small amounts of fluid at a time in order to prevent further nausea or vomiting. One of the best options is to give electrolytes or even freezer pops for kids. It is important to avoid any type of drink that has sugar in it. If the case is more than mild it is possible that the doctor may want to provide intravenous fluids and place you in the hospital for a few days. If it is caused from a ‘flu or virus the dehydration is generally resolved after a few days when you start to feel better.
There are many signs of dehydration that resemble other symptoms of diabetes. However, if you are experiencing one or more of these signs it is important to visit the doctor as soon as possible to determine what the problem is. In children under 2 months it is important if they are experiencing diarrhea or vomiting to get them there right away. Other signals to look for in anyone are dry eyes and/or mouth, not going to the bathroom to urinate, sunken eyes, blood pressure or blood sugar levels getting too high or even blood that is present in vomit or stool as well.
Early detection and diagnosis is vital for anyone but for someone that is diabetic this can become even more crucial. If you start to experience signs or if you are around someone that is exhibiting symptoms of dehydration do not wait. Call the doctor right away. The sooner treatment begins the better the chances of a full recovery.
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