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When to Go to the Emergency Room for Dehydration

The symptoms of dehydration, especially mild ones, can be easily brushed off and attributed to a number of other causes.  Mild symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, dry skin, constipation, and headaches. If not properly handled, these mild symptoms can become more severe and you may need to talk to your primary care doctor or seek emergency care for dehydration.

Dehydration is often due to two things:

  1. Loss of fluids due to multiple episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  2. Lack of proper intake of fluids, especially when working outdoors or in the hot sun

If you are concerned about either of these conditions, you may want to talk to your primary care physician.

When to Go to the Emergency Room for Dehydration

  • If there has been no urination within the previous 8-12 hours
  • If there has been several episodes of diarrhea or vomiting each day for 1-2 days
  • If there is any confusion or weakness
  • If your heart rate has become rapid

You may only experience some of these symptoms, not all. It is important to trust how you feel and to seek medical help when you need it. Those most susceptible to dehydration are elderly adults and young children.

When your loved one needs emergency care for dehydration or other medical concerns, you need to take the to an emergency room with the right team. Ascension Crittenton’s Emergency Department has a no-wait policy so your loved one won’t need to wait in pain or discomfort in a waiting room or a hallway. When you are in an emergency, Ascension Crittenton’s Emergency Department team is ready for you.


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