Frequently Asked Questions1. Which doctor should I visit if I notice symptoms of dehydration?
While mild to moderate dehydration can be resolved with simple restorative measures, it is always a good idea to visit a physician to identify the root cause of the problem. If you do notice the symptoms of severe dehydration, visiting a general physician should help. Your doctor will be able to guide and prescribe you the medication to resolve the problem.
In case, your baby or infant is dehydrated, you could take your little one to their regular pediatrician for a better understanding of the situation and the kind of treatment required.
2. I work in an air-conditioned office, can I still be dehydrated?
Despite what you might think, working all day in an air-conditioned office can also dehydrate you. This is because cooled indoor air is usually devoid of moisture content and therefore can cause you to become dehydrated due to loss of fluids through your skin– increasing your fluid requirement.
What makes matters worse is the fact that, because of the cool temperature within an air-conditioned space, you may not sweat or feel discomfort due to the heat. This lack of a natural response to the loss of fluids does not allow your body to send signals to your brain that you are thirsty and need to replenish the lost fluid reserves – making dehydration even more common and severe.
3. Can dehydration kill me?
Yes, dehydration can be fatal if left unchecked. This is because most of your bodily functions, such as your heart beating, the blood circulation in your body, breathing, etc. require water. Therefore, if the amount of fluids in your body decreases to such an extent where these functions can no more take place, your organs will start to shut down and you can die.
4. What is the best hydrating agent?
The best hydrating agent is water. But other natural sources can also help a great deal. For instance, fruit juices such as tender coconut water, lemon juice, and other cold pressed fresh juices are also great to rehydrate and replenish your body’s electrolyte reserves.
5. Are energy drinks recommended during a bout of fatigue due to dehydration?
No. In fact energy drinks will only dehydrate you more, making you feel ill. This is because most energy drinks contain caffeine (a component added to give you that much needed energy) which dehydrates your body. So if you feel weak while in the sun, pick up a bottle of water instead of an energy drink.
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