Our bodies need water in order to function. If your body is not given enough water then it quits working properly, this is dehydration. If you are dehydrated many different issues will start arising, if left untreated, this can be life-threatening. At WellCare Urgent Care center we can help people suffering from severe dehydration back to health.

Being dehydrated can lead to some serious medical conditions. It is important to always remember to drink enough water throughout the day to avoid this, especially on hot days. At WellCare Urgent Care center in Grand Rapids, we can treat dehydration to have you feeling healthy again.

What is Dehydration?

Dehydration occurs when your body doesn’t have enough water. Water helps your body to function properly. Depending on how much fluid is missing, dehydration can vary in severity from mild to severe. Throughout the day your body loses water by sweating, breathing, peeing, pooping, tears, and saliva. It is then replaced by the water that is drunk and with foods that contain water. If it doesn’t balance out, then you can get dehydrated.  If you are sick or are in a heated area you can become dehydrated quicker than normal.

Symptoms of Dehydration

Mild or moderate dehydration can be characterized by these symptoms:

  • Dry or Sticky Mouth
  • Thirst
  • Dark Yellow Pee
  • Dry, Cool Skin
  • Headache
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Not Peeing Very Much

Signs of severe dehydration:

  • Dry Skin
  • Feeling Dizzy
  • Not Peeing
  • Having Dark Yellow pee
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Fainting
  • Sleepiness, Lack of Energy, Confusion or Irritability

Treatments for Dehydration

The best way to treat dehydration is to get fluid back into the body. This can be done by consuming clear fluids like water, ice, sports drinks, or clear broths. If you have severe dehydration this may need intravenous fluids to help the body rehydrate.

Come into WellCare

If you are experiencing dehydration, seeking treatment is imperative. Dehydration can be life-threatening if it becomes too severe. Come into WellCare Urgent Care center to get treatment started. We provide our patients from the Grand Rapids area with the best care in a timely manner so you can get back to living a healthy life quicker. Schedule an appointment online for immediate care at our Cascade and Leonard locations.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dehydration

Can you drink too much water?

Yes, you can drink too much water and when this happens, your kidneys cannot get rid of the water fast enough. The sodium content of the blood becomes diluted. The condition is called hyponatremia.

What (type of) drinks hydrate you best when you're feeling dehydrated?

Water and beverages that contain little to no fat and sugar are the best types of drinks to have when you're dehydrated.

How much liquid do you need to consume to stay hydrated?

To stay hydrated, men need about 15.5 cups of fluids a day and women need about 11.5 cups of fluids per day. Although, the exact amount of fluid you need will depend on your weight and age. The fluid intake can include water, other beverages, and food.

Can you feel thirsty but not be dehydrated?

Yes! Feeling thirsty is normal and is not necessarily an indication of dehydration. But if you're constantly thirsty, it can be a sign of dehydration.

How long does it take to rehydrate after being dehydrated?

It typically takes about two hours to rehydrate after being dehydrated but if you are severely dehydrated, it can take much longer than that.

Should I visit Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Urgent Care

When you have any medical condition that is non-life threatening or have general medical needs, then an Urgent Care center can take care of these. WellCare Urgent Care takes care of a variety of medical concerns such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, allergy symptoms, and more.

WellCare Urgent care is convenient because it is quick and cost-effective.

Average visit time: 1 hour
Average cost: $150

Emergency Room

Emergency care is necessary when you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This could be a heart attack, stroke, head injury, or other trauma that requires more advanced treatment. If you or someone you love has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you need to call 911 and get to the closest Emergency Room.

Emergency Rooms, while the best option for serious trauma, do take time and are costly.

Average Time Spent: 4.5 hours
Average Cost Per Visit: $1700

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