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I drank 3 litres an hour for 5-6 hours for 2 days (im 95kg) for fear of dehydration. It's been two days, how long before safe from water intoxication?

I drank 3 litres an hour for 5-6 hours for 2 days (im 95kg) for fear of dehydration. It's been two days, how long before safe from water intoxication?

You're safe now,: assuming you have normal kidneys. You would have peed out all that extra water by now. Are you feeling normal? If not, consult a Dr and be checked. ...Read more

Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
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Water Intoxication (Definition)

Water intoxication is a condition that occurs when someone drinks an excessive amount of water to the point of diluting the normal salt content of the blood. This can potentially cause swelling of the brain, and problems with the electrical ...Read more


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How long does it take for water intoxication to kick in? Is it absolute that there would be damage to your brain? Can a hospital reverse it?

How long does it take for water intoxication to kick in? Is it absolute that there would be damage to your brain? Can a hospital reverse it?

I can't answer this: ...without knowing your size, your level of physical activity at the time,, the ability of your kidneys to get rid of excess water & other variables. U could have irreversible brain damage if U develop a seizure or go into a coma. Why take the chance? Sports drinks can help prevent the low sodium level that's associate with H2O intoxication. Why risk it?? ...Read more

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I have massive headache for 10 days from water intoxication . Can i make MRI now and how long time to detect a cerebral edema or other harms in MRI ?

I have massive headache for 10 days from water intoxication . Can i make MRI now and how long time to detect a cerebral edema or other 	
harms in MRI ?

?reason for MRI?: Were you already diagnosed as having water intoxication? Do you have abnormalities of electrolyte, such as sodium, dysfnctn, or kidney changes? Is this the first time you have had a headache? Has a doctor discussed possibility of migraine? Not clear to me that an MRI is either indicated or would be of value. Suggest you see a neurologist, as you might need lumbar puncture. ...Read more

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What's water intoxication?

What's water intoxication?

Diluting sodium leve: Water consumed in very large quantity can be poisnous.It only happens during water drinking cotests and drinking water after strenous exercise when there is loss of salt and just drinking water will dilute the sodium more.It can also happen in certain medical conditions causing hyponatremia. Causes swelling in brain .Causes headache, confusion, irritability and drowsines, seizures, coma and death. ...Read more

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What is water intoxication?

What is water intoxication?

Can be very serious: Hi. The body can handle quite a bit of water with no problem, as long as you have healthy kidneys and pituitary function. When water is consumed beyond the body's ability to handle it, salts in the blood and the body's cells become diluted. This can have disastrous consequences, neurological for the most part, and can lead to brain edema, swelling, and death. Something so simple can be so toxic. ...Read more

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How does water intoxication work?

How does water intoxication work?

Diluting sodium leve: Water consumed in very large quantity can be poisnous.It only happens during water drinking cotests and drinking water after strenous exercise when there is loss of salt and just drinking water will dilute the sodium more.It can also happen in certain medical conditions causing hyponatremia. Causes swelling in brain .Causes headache, confusion, irritability and drowsines, seizures, coma and death. ...Read more