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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.

Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
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Water Intoxication (Definition)

Water intoxication is a condition where too much water has been ingested and is causing the salt levels in your body to be too diluted. It is very rare for this condition to happen (you have to drink a LOT of water!), ...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??

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is water intoxication?

What is water intoxication?

2 much water: Think of yourself as a black box. Water goes in by drinking and eating foods. Water leaves by urination, stooling, perspiration, breathing. If your input overwhelms your output mechanisms, then your concentrations of electrolytes go down and you go "haywire" or have water intoxication. When you are exercising and sweating drink water with electrolytes, not pure water, to replenish what u lose via

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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.

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How do you get 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.

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What can lead to water intoxication?

What can lead to water intoxication?

Too much water!: Some people drink too much water. This tendency can be worsened by a number of drugs. Water intoxication can lead to seizures, altered mental state, and even death!

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What to do about water intoxication!?

How about going to: A doctor rather than asking questions online? True water intoxication causes mental status changes, including sedation, unconsciousness, coma, seizures and death. Mild intoxication generally resolves if you stop drinking water. If this is you, see your doctor, who may want a mental health referral if you are deliberately drinking too much water. There are many diseases that can cause it as well.

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How to counteract water intoxication?

Depends: Hi. Severe water intoxication is a medical emergency and needs to be managed in a hospital by experienced docs (usually endocrine or kidney). Non-severe cases are treated with water restriction. If you have the condition known as SIADH, go over all this with your doc. Good luck!

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What are the tests for water intoxication?

What are the tests for water intoxication?

History, phys, labs: History of excess "free water" intake; physical may have altered vital signs, mental status, focal neurological abnormalities. Labs include serum and urine electrolyte (sodium, potassium) levels, and concentration (osmolality).

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How much water leads to water intoxication?

It is Variable: Healthy adult kidney is capable of handling 15 litres of water a day spread over the day. An adult should not drink more than 8 oq of water per hour to give your body time to absorp and excrete. If you consume more than that or drink. How much water leads to water intoxication depends if your kidneys are healthy, over how long period you drink the water and if you are drinking after strenuous exerc.

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What are the symptoms of water intoxication?

What are the symptoms of water intoxication?

Several!: First ask can I be water intoxicated. Symptoms vary from mental lassitude to seizures. A metabolic panel (inexpensive)\ can document this.

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How difficult is it to die of water intoxication?

How difficult is it to die of water intoxication?

Pretty hard: Normal kidneys will rarely allow an individual to drink so much water that it dilutes the sodium in their body down to dangerous levels. People with kidney disease, or really chugging the water very quickly (we are talking gallons) can do it, but it is unlikely. If there is an underlying psychiatric problem causing excessive water drinking, it needs treatment. If this is you, seek help.

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How can I address the symptoms of water intoxication?

You would not know: Your sodium could be life-threatening low. Only your doc would know. Get a blood test asap. I have seen too many disasters.