Primary Care

Restoring your health after dehydration

It’s normal to feel thirsty in hot weather, as this is your body’s natural way of signaling that it’s time for liquid. However, dehydration – when your body has less fluid than it needs to function properly – can be dangerous, especially for children, athletes and the elderly.

Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care is committed to the health of our communities throughout Elkhart County and offers prompt treatment for dehydration in Goshen, IN. We take the symptoms of dehydration seriously to prevent complications. Our providers are here seven days a week, with extended hours on weekdays to treat your dehydration and restore your health. Visit our location on 2824 Elkhart Rd. or call (574) 535-1700 for an appointment.

Symptoms and causes of dehydration

The symptoms of dehydration vary, depending on the severity.

Mild and moderate symptoms include:

  • Thirst
  • Dry, sticky lips and mouth, including your tongue and gums
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Sluggishness and fatigue
  • Less urine, or not urinating as often as you normally do

Symptoms of severe dehydration require emergency care.

Call 911 or visit the emergency room for the following symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Change in consciousness or alertness
  • Dry and shriveled skin with little elasticity
  • Severe diarrhea or vomiting
  • Sunken eyes
  • Muscle cramps
  • Not urinating, or urinating small amounts of dark-colored urine
  • In Infants less than 12 months old, no wet diapers for several hours and fewer tears than normal

Infants with severe dehydration present other symptoms, such as:

  • Limp body posture
  • Sunken fontanelle (soft spot on top of the head)
  • Fussiness or appearing very sleepy

Treating dehydration at Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care

When you or a loved one visits us with signs of dehydration, our urgent care team assesses your symptoms to determine the type of dehydration treatment you need. For mild dehydration, sipping drinks with electrolytes cures the dehydration. If blood tests and urine samples indicate severe dehydration, hospitalization may be required to replenish fluids through IV and monitor for complications.

Emergency rooms are best equipped to treat severe cases of dehydration. Learn when you should go to urgent care or the emergency room. When you need experts to check out your symptoms, trust the urgent care team at Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care.

Serving Elkhart County, Goshen Physicians Family Medicine & Urgent Care diagnoses and treats diagnoses in Goshen, IN.