Signs & Symptoms of Dehydration with a Fever


The Mayo Clinic lists fever as being one of the causes and symptoms of dehydration. As the body's temperature increases, its demand for fluid also increases. The human body relies on its own fluids to cool itself.

Drinking plenty of water is vital to helping your body cool itself
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The body needs a certain amount of fluid in order to regulate body temperature, carry oxygen to cells, and flush waste from the kidneys and liver. When a fever is present, that need increases and makes individuals with a fever more susceptible to dehydration.

When a fever is present, the body's need to regulate its temperature is even more necessary which puts those with a fever at risk of dehydration
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Some effects of dehydration are fever, headache, dizziness, nausea, and kidney pain. If not treated soon enough, seizures or permanent brain damage could also occur.

A headache and dizziness are some of the effects of dehydration
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According to the National Institutes of Health, the symptoms of dehydration are a dry or sticky mouth, decrease in urine output, lack of tears, sunken eyes, sunken fontanelles in infants, and lethargy. A decrease in blood pressure, poor skin turgor, and rapid heart rate may also be present during a physical exam.

Those who are dehydrated will show symptoms of dry mouth as well as a decrease in blood pressure and poor skin turgor
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The easiest way to prevent dehydration, especially when a fever is present, is to increase fluid intake. If symptoms persist, intravenous fluids may be required.

The easiest way to prevent dehydration is to increase your fluid intake
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Severe dehydration is very serious and can result in death if left untreated.

See the doctor immediately if you fear that you are suffering from server dehydration
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