Dehydration (Loss of Extracellular Fluid/ECF, Medicated IV Fluids) – Fort Worth, TX*

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Overview

Dehydration occurs when your body does not receive the hydration necessary to function. This can be caused by illness, excessive vomiting and diarrhea, excessive sweating without replenishing, or from not consuming enough fluids. Regardless of the cause, University Urgent Care in Fort Worth, TX can help address the causes and symptoms of your dehydration. With a staff of board-certified physicians and an onsite, certified laboratory, our facility serves the Frisco Heights, Tanglewood, Paschal, and TCU neighborhoods with the care you need to get you refueled and on your way in no time. 

Symptoms

Severe dehydration can cause more serious health issues if left untreated. At times, mild symptoms may be treated from home with positive results. Pregnant women, infants, and the elderly should seek immediate medical attention if suspected to be dehydrated. Common dehydration symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • A swollen tongue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Exhaustion
  • Confusion
  • Decreased and/or dark-colored urine

Seeking Medical Care

If you begin to notice the above symptoms and believe that you may be dehydrated, you should cease activity and seek rest and shade immediately. If possible, we recommend drinking fluids high in electrolytes or water. If after a period of rest and rehydration your symptoms do not subside or become worse, we recommend you seek immediate medical attention. If you’re experiencing a combination of symptoms combined with chest pain, your condition should be treated as an emergency. Upon arrival to our facility, our skilled staff will quickly assess your symptoms, discuss your medical history, and determine the best course of action for your treatment. 

What to Expect

If your condition appears to be severe, you will be instead be turned over to emergency care. If your symptoms are stable, our staff will begin dehydration treatment following a panel of tests. Our laboratory is state-of-the-art and features technology capable of producing results in as little as 15 minutes. After determining that there are no underlying serious medical conditions, we will begin treating you with intravenous rehydration fluids, the most common and successful option for dehydration. These intravenous fluids are a combination of sodium and chlorine which will replace the lost electrolytes. Depending on our lab findings, further treatment may be necessary. 

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Rehydrate and Recover

Loss of body fluids from sickness, heat, or excessive activity is a common occurrence. However, when your body loses too much fluid and it is not quickly replaced, you can become dehydrated. Untreated dehydration can cause severe repercussions and should not be ignored or waited out. If you are suffering from signs and symptoms which may suggest that you are dehydrated, we recommend you seek treatment at your earliest convenience. University Urgent Care is conveniently located in Fort Worth, TX, serving the greater DFW area with superior urgent healthcare services in a quick and efficient manner.

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