NCBI Bookshelf. Kory Taylor ; Elizabeth B. Authors Kory Taylor 1 ; Elizabeth B. Jones 2. While this is not supported by medical literature, dehydration is common in elderly patients. It can cause morbidity and mortality on its own and complicates many medical conditions.
Your doctor can often diagnose dehydration on the basis of physical signs and symptoms. If you're dehydrated, you're also likely to have low blood pressure, especially when moving from a lying to a standing position, a faster than normal heart rate and reduced blood flow to your extremities. To help confirm the diagnosis and pinpoint the degree of dehydration, you may have other tests, such as:. The only effective treatment for dehydration is to replace lost fluids and lost electrolytes. The best approach to dehydration treatment depends on age, the severity of dehydration and its cause.
Chances are you suffer from chronic dehydration. Its signs and symptoms can vary depending on the person affected, as well as the severity of the condition. Infants and children, as well as the elderly, are at increased risk for dehydration. Plus, what doctors classify as a mild to moderate case of dehydration varies from severe dehydration. Catching it early is key to proper dehydration treatment and prevention of a more serious case that could become life-threatening.
Back to Health A to Z. Dehydration means your body loses more fluids than you take in. If it's not treated, it can get worse and become a serious problem. If you find it hard to drink because you feel sick or have been sick, start with small sips and then gradually drink more.