Dehydration in Adults (cont.)
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Dehydration in Adults Medical Treatment
Treatment in the Emergency Department centers first on restoring fluid (blood) volume and electrolytes, and treating any life-threatening symptoms while also trying to determine the underlying cause(s) of the dehydration.
If the affected individual's core body temperature is greater than 104 F (40 C), doctors will cool the entire body. They may promote cooling by evaporation with mists and fans or cooling blankets and baths.
Fluid replacement in moderate to severe dehydration
Acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol) or ibuprofen (for example, Advil) may be used. This can be given by mouth if the affected person is not vomiting or as a rectal suppository if they cannot take anything by mouth.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/7/2014
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