Font Size
A
A
A
...
5
...

Dehydration in Adults (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call a primary care doctor if the affected individual with potentially mild to moderate dehydration experiences any of the following:

  • Increased or constant vomiting for more than a day
  • Fever over 101 F (38.3 C), but less than 103 F (39.4)
  • Diarrhea for more than 2 days
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased urine production
  • Weakness

Take the person to the hospital's emergency department if these situations occur:

  • Fever higher than 103 F (39.4)
  • Confusion
  • Lethargy
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest or abdominal pain

  • Fainting
  • No urine in the last 12 hours

Must Read Articles Related to Dehydration in Adults

Dehydration in Children
Dehydration in Children Dehydration in children can result from not drinking enough liquids, vomiting, diarrhea, or combination of these conditions. Causes of dehydration in children i...learn more >>
Gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu)
Gastroenteritis Gastroenteritis (stomach flu) is most commonly caused by viruses and bacteria like rotavirus, adenovirus, parvovirus, and astrovirus. Bacteria causing gastroent...learn more >>
Giardiasis
Giardiasis Giardiasis is an infection of the small bowel caused by Giardia lamblia. It is the most common intestinal parasitic disease in the U.S. Causes of giardiasis inc...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Dehydration (Adults):

Dehydration (Adults) - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your dehydration?

Dehydration (Adults) - Causes and Treatment

What was the cause of your dehydration and how was it treated?





Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State »

Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS) is one of two serious metabolic derangements that occurs in patients with diabetes mellitus and can be a life-threatening emergency.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Find Your Best Self: Discover new ways to live an inspiring life through beauty, diet, and fitness ideas.

Medical Dictionary