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How do you treat severe dehydration from drinking salt

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how do you treat severe dehydration from drinking salt water?
thanks for your help.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 7 years ago.
Well, technically, the answer is simple.

You need to get fluids into your system that do not have the salt content of salt water.

This is because salt water adds more salt to the body than it does water (based on your homeostasis levels) -- and further dehydration can result, as you urinate more water away.

So rehydration with "hypotonic' fluids, meaning less concentrated than your blood -- is needed. This can take the form of water, or fluids like Gatorade, or IV fluids (like normal saline or Ringer's lactate).

But the addition of fluids is needed to treat this dehydration.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thanks for your quick.

What " addition of fluids" needed? Sorry i heveant understand you okay here.

Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 7 years ago.
I mean that fluids needs to be added to his total intravascular volume -- or in simple terms -- he needs more water in his blood.

There are many ways to get that there, including drinking and through intravenous fluids. But if he can tolerate it, drinking fluids is the best way to get this done (not seawater or salty fluids!).
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