The flu can hit hard, and flu season often lasts for months. That means your risk of getting sick is higher than you may think. When flu season hits, it brings along dreary symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose, and chest cough. It can also heighten your risk of dehydration, a condition that occurs when fluid loss in your body exceeds fluid intake.
Here, we’ll show you how having the flu affects hydration and how you can recognize flu dehydration. You’ll learn about DripDrop ORS — a fast, low-cost, proven alternative to IV therapy for alleviating mild to moderate dehydration. It’s powerful enough to use in extreme circumstances and when you’re bedridden with the flu but safe enough for everyday use.
How the Flu Affects Hydration
Your body needs a precise balance of water and electrolytes like sodium and potassium to stay hydrated. These electrolytes help your body control everything from muscle movement to sending neurological signals across synapses and regulating body temperature. When you don’t have enough fluids or electrolytes, dehydration sets in. Your blood pressure drops, and so does your blood fluid volume. That means your body can’t transport these vital nutrients to the organs — like your brain and digestive system — that need them the most.
So how does the flu make matters worse? Well, one of the main ways we become dehydrated is through fluid loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the stomach flu often causes symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting that result in a rapid loss of fluid and nutrients. If you aren’t able to replace these lost fluids and electrolytes quickly, you can experience dehydration. And, when you have the flu, it can be hard to keep foods and fluids down. This greatly increases your risk of dehydration.
Flu viruses also commonly cause a fever, which is another key cause of dehydration. You may know that dehydration is associated with heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. That’s because your body loses electrolytes and fluids when you sweat — something that occurs much more rapidly during activity in high temperatures.
A high fever caused by the flu can also lead to excessive sweating and rapid fluid and electrolyte loss. When you have the flu, your immune system responds by elevating your core temperature in order to kill viruses and bacteria that are making you sick. At the same time, you start to sweat to stay cool. Your sweat is made up of water and electrolytes like sodium that evaporate on the surface of your skin to produce a cooling effect.
Not sure if you have flu dehydration? Next, we’ll show you how to recognize the symptoms of dehydration. Plus, you’ll learn about how an oral rehydration solution like DripDrop ORS can help. It’s an aid for mild to moderate dehydration that may accompany your flu symptoms.
How To Know You’re Dehydrated
Everyone can become dehydrated. Whether you’re not drinking enough fluids while working outdoors on the job site or you get hit with a bad case of the flu, dehydration can affect each and every one of us.
Older adults and young children are at higher risk of dehydration, especially when they catch the flu. That’s because these individuals tend to consume less water and electrolytes than they need. Older adults may also suffer from medical conditions or take medications like diuretics that feature dehydration as a side effect. When combined with the flu — and symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and fever the risk of dehydration skyrockets.
Knowing how to recognize the warning signs of dehydration is the first step in handling the condition.
Here are some of the main signs of dehydration:
- Decreased urination or dark urine
- Dry mouth, dry skin, and dry mucous membranes
- Dizziness or fainting
- Muscle cramps and body aches
- Confusion, lethargy, and irritation
- Lightheadedness and fatigue
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
There are also dehydration symptoms that are specific to young children. These include a sunken soft spot (in infants) and few or no wet diapers within a three-hour timeframe. Your child may also cry without producing tears if they are dehydrated.
If your child has flu-like symptoms and dehydration symptoms — especially lethargy, sunken eyes, and rapid heart rate — you may need to seek medical attention from a pediatric doctor or at the emergency room. These are signs of severe dehydration and can be life-threatening if left untreated.
For cases of mild to moderate dehydration, DripDrop ORS is a fast, effective, and great tasting remedy. Read on to learn more about DripDrop ORS and how you can use it to remedy flu dehydration.
Flu Dehydration Remedy: How ORS Can Help
So you’ve got the flu and you think you may also be suffering from dehydration. You haven’t been able to keep fluids down, and you’re suffering from diarrhea and vomiting. While flu dehydration can be debilitating, you can tackle mild to moderate cases at home by using an oral rehydration solution like DripDrop ORS.
DripDrop ORS was developed by a doctor on a mission to defeat life-threatening dehydration. The patented formula provides medically relevant electrolyte levels, improving on the World Health Organization’s Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) standards because of its delicious taste, giving you a medically viable ORS that also tastes great. By comparison, sports drinks contain about one-third the electrolytes of DripDrop ORS and twice as much sugar.
Best of all, oral rehydration solutions like DripDrop ORS are a proven alternative to IV therapy. Instead of having to seek medical advice from a hospital and get a painful IV needle inserted in your arm, you can tackle dehydration and avoid future episodes by drinking DripDrop ORS.
Having a sore throat can make it harder to drink fluids, which can increase the likelihood of dehydration. DripDrop ORS comes in a large range of flavors that you can drink hot or cold, making it easy and tasty to drink plenty of fluids when you have flu dehydration. Try one of our cold flavors such as Watermelon, Berry, or Orange for a refreshing drink. If you prefer a warm beverage, opt for our hot flavors including Honey Lemon Ginger, Hibiscus, Decaf Green Tea, and Spiced Apple Cider. They’re the perfect way to manage flu dehydration and feel better fast.
Relieve Flu Dehydration With DripDrop ORS
When you’re dehydrated because you have a case of the flu, water alone is not enough. Your body needs the perfect balance of sodium and glucose to help absorption. The medically relevant electrolytes in DripDrop ORS allow you to address mild to moderate dehydration outside of a hospital setting. Our patented formula is powerful enough to help patients suffering from dehydration caused by Ebola and cholera, but safe enough for everyday use.
DripDrop ORS tastes amazing and comes in a variety of flavors you can enjoy hot or cold. With the precisely balanced ratio, you can replenish vital electrolytes and fluids to relieve dehydration quickly. Plus, DripDrop ORS supplies vitamins like zinc, potassium, and magnesium, which support your overall health and your immune system when you have the flu.
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