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How can I address the symptoms of water intoxication?

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. ...Read more

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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I just drank 48 ounces of water, will I get water intoxication in a few minutes?

I just drank 48 ounces of water, will I get water intoxication in a few minutes?

Not likely: Your renal system can excrete a water load of this size, which is about the size of four canned beverages. People with impaired renal function may not. Compulsive water drinking, a psychiatric condition, involves ingestion of larger volumes and results in low sodium, a potentially harmful problem, exercise induced hyponatremia is a condition seen during marathons from excess drinking. ...Read more

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How can a college kid die from water intoxication>?

How can a college kid die from water intoxication>?

Low sodium: Drinking excess water causes low sodium which has avariety of side effects including cardiac dysrhythymias. ...Read more

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Can a case of severe allergic skin reaction be related to water intoxication?

Can a case of severe allergic skin reaction be related to water intoxication?

Probably not: Allergic reaction r usually mediated by an antibody called ige in the body. Ige has to bind usually large molecules, such as proteins to cause an allergic reaction. Water molecule is very small. It will not be recognized by human ige. So no one will be truly "allergic" to water. In the rare cases of aquatic urticaria, contact of skin to water can trigger hives, but not a true allergic process. ...Read more

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Is it possible to suffer from water intoxication drinking about 3 to 4 liters after a heavy meal?

No: Usually seen in psychiatric disorders, water intoxication occurs causing a low sodium level, with generally 15 to 20 liters intake. The kidney can dilute the urine and get rid of water quite well unless it is overwhelmed with that amount. The sudden lowering of sodium can cause serious neurological problems. ...Read more

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How can I treat a massive headache from water intoxication at the back of my head? It's been going on for a week.

How can I treat a massive headache from water intoxication at the back of my head? It's been going on for a week.

Water intoxication?: Hi. Why, pray tell, are you water intoxicated? And who says you are? Something is funny (not ha ha) here. I suggest you see your doctor. If water intoxication is a self diagnosis, may I suggest you resist the temptation to self diagnose. ...Read more

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I have a massive headache from water intoxication at the back of my head and its continual for days is that normal?

I have a massive headache from water intoxication at the back of my head and its continual for days is that normal?

Get thee to an MD: If you are suffering from water intoxication then, you should be seen by a doctor quickly otherwise, you may have more serious complications than just a headache. Water intoxication would imply that your sodium concentration is so abnormally low you'd be at risk for serious medical issues. Headaches for days are not normal as well but your other comment is more pressing to me to clear up now. ...Read more

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How can pitocin or the drip induction oxytocin cause a subarachnoid hemmorhage? And how can it cause water intoxication?

How can pitocin or the drip induction oxytocin cause a subarachnoid hemmorhage? And how can it cause water intoxication?

Pitocin (oxytocin): Pitocin has an anti diuretic effect and one of its side effects is water intoxication. Pitocin is just synthetic oxytocin, which is secreted by the posterior pituitary. Subarachnoid hemorrhage can have multiple causes, unsure if pitocin associated with that. An MFM specialist might have a better explanation for that. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a massive headache from water intoxication at the back of my head and its continual for days is that normal?

What to do if I have a massive headache from water intoxication at the back of my head and its continual for days is that normal?

Very common: Were you treated for water intoxication? Have you continued to ingest excessive amounts of water, and do you have a kidney function problem? Headache is a common symptom, and can persist for many days. You should get in touch with whoever treated you for this. If you were not treated, you need to see your doctor to get a medical checkup, including electrolyte panel. I would use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin ...Read more

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I have to run to the bathroom every 15 min. I have been drinking a lot of water lately. I'm just nervous that it's a sign of water intoxication.

Stomach flu: The stomach flu is caused by a virus that attacks your gastrointestinal system. There is no cure for the stomach flu. The remedies are: good rest, plenty of fluids intake, plain food like crackers, cereal, toast and rice. Take NSAID over the counter and tincture of time. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the amount of water inned to drink daily, because I drink liters of water daily and now I heared about water intoxication, what is it and how should I control my water consumption?

WHY?: Why drink so much water? Water intoxication is real but rare. There is a silly urban legend about 8 glasses of water a day. Never made sense. Ignore it. Drink "liters"??? If this is OCD look for cognitive behavior therapy from a psychologist. If you have urinary stones, consult a nephrologist. ...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

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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What to do about water intoxication!?

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. ...Read more

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How much water does it take to get water intoxication?

Salt: Enough water intake to drop your serum sodium acutely to 120 or less should do the trick. By the way, this kind of "intoxication" isn't fun. It could be deadly. ...Read more

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What are the major presenting symptoms of water intoxication?

What are the major presenting symptoms of water intoxication?

Confusion: Confusion and disorientation are the two most common presetning symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Water intoxication?

Too much water: 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!), but can be deadly ...Read more

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Could I get help please! I think I have water intoxication!?

Probably you don't: Since it causes confusion and possibly seizures, and you seem to be typing just fine. 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. What are your symptoms, how much are you drinking. ...Read more

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What happens to a person's body when they get water intoxication?

What happens to a person's body when they get water intoxication?

Neurological problem: As the sodium level drops the most common first symptom is altered mental status. Then patients may develop lack of coordination and ataxia. If the sodium level continues to drop below 120 patients may develop seizure. Cerebral edema is a potentially life threatening condition that develops if the sodium level drops too fast. ...Read more