Symptoms of Dehydration

Symptoms of early or mild dehydration include:

  • flushed face
  • extreme thirst
  • dry, warm skin
  • small amounts of dark, yellow urine
  • dizziness made worse when one stands
  • weakness
  • cramping in the arms and legs
  • crying with few or no tears
  • headache
  • dry mouth with thick saliva

Symptoms of moderate to severe dehydration include:

  • low blood pressure
  • fainting
  • severe muscle contractions in the arms, legs, stomach, and back
  • convulsions
  • a bloated stomach
  • sunken eyes with few or no tears
  • lack of skin elasticity (a bit of skin lifted up takes a long time to go back to its normal position)
  • rapid and deep breathing


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