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Actor Dennis Hopper Treated for Dehydration

Posted Oct 02 2009 10:01pm

Dehydration is a serious illness that can result from either being too hot and not taking in enough fluids or, as happens in many cases, from being ill with influenza or a gastroenteritis, among other illnesses.

Actor Dennis Hopper was treated at a New York City hospital emergency for dehydration because of a “stomach bug,” says People.com. Mr. Hopper is 73 years old.

20090728_baf_ha3_382.jpg What is dehydration?

Dehydration occurs when your body needs more fluid than it has. You continuously lose fluid through urine and sweating, but if you don’t take in enough to replace it, your body becomes depleted. The people at highest risk of becoming dehydrated are:

  • Infants and young children
  • Seniors
  • People with chronic illnesses
  • People with sudden illnesses that cause diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • People who work/play in hot conditions

Symptoms of dehydration are ( MayoClinic.com ):

  • Dry mouth – no saliva
  • Fatigue
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output
  • Very concentrated urine
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Unfortunately, if you don’t intervene with any of the above signs, you could end up with severe dehydration, which could show as:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme agitation, irritability
  • Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
  • No sweat, no matter how hot you are
  • Little or no urination
  • Sunken eyes, often very dark circles
  • Shriveled and dry skin that  doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Fever
  • In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness

Treating dehydration

As soon as you feel the first signs of dehydration, drink fluids, such as water or juice. If you are into the severely dehydrated stage, you may need a special rehydration fluid that has balanced vitamins and electrolytes to help your body readjust itself.

Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, as these can make dehydration worse.

Prevention

Always drink enough fluids when in the heat. If you are ill and don’t feel like drinking, a few sips at a time, consistently, will do a lot to keep you hydrated. If you’re concerned about staying hydrated, speak with your doctor about alternatives.

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Actor Dennis Hopper Treated for Dehydration


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