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Symptoms of Dehydration

As age increases ones sense of thirst can become diminished. First warning signs are dryness of mouth and thirst.

As dehydration increases, signs and symptoms develop, including restless or irritable behavior, decreased skin turgor, dry mucous membranes, sunken eyes, sunken fontanelle (in infants), and absence of tears when crying vigorously.

Early, Mild Symptoms

In severe dehydration, effects become more pronounced and may develop evidence of hypovolemic shock, including: diminished consciousness, lack of urine output, cool moist extremities, a rapid and feeble pulse (the radial pulse may be undetectable), low or undetectable blood pressure, and peripheral cyanosis. Death follows soon if rehydration is not started quickly.

Moderate, Severe Symptoms

Related Reading:

Water Prescription, by Dr. Vasey.

Updated: Sept 16 2015