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Can viral gastroenteritis lead to dehydration?

In viral gastroenteritis, the combination of diarrhea and vomiting can cause dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration are as follows:

Excessive thirst Dry mouth Little or no urine or dark yellow urine Decreased tears Severe weakness or lethargy Dizziness or lightheadedness

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor. Mild dehydration can be treated by drinking liquids. Severe dehydration may require intravenous fluids and hospitalization. Untreated severe dehydration can be life threatening.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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