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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
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Water Intoxication (Overview)

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 signals of the heart.


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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). ...Read more

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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
105 doctors shared insights

Water Intoxication (Overview)

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 signals of the heart.


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

I have to run to the bathroom every 15 min .. I have been drinking a lot of water lately. Im 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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My friend drank a lot of water today to pass a drug test, and now he is experiencing symptoms of water intoxication. How worried should I be?

My friend drank a lot of water today to pass a drug test, and now he is experiencing symptoms of water intoxication. How worried should I be?

Worry.: I'd worry about 2 things. First, he abuses drugs- very unhealthy and leads to an early death. Second, if he is exhibiting signs of water intoxication, i would get him to the emergency room right now! ...Read more

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Does anyone know if hyponatremia is water intoxication?

Does anyone know if hyponatremia is water intoxication?

Yes: Respectfully, this is a spectrum of the same problem. When some is losing sodium through sweat and replacing losses with water (not salts + water), the salt to water ratio drops. This is called hyponatremia. When hyponatremia develops quickly, the brain cells swell and this alters cognition and can cause a seizure. The spectrum from nausea to seizure can be considered water intoxication. ...Read more

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I drink 4-6 16.9oz bottles of water daily. Today I had 4 over the course of the day and then 2 within an hour. Could this cause water intoxication?

Unlikely: Depending on how many ks you weigh, drinking that much water shouldn't cause you any problems. A normal 70kg individual requires about 1600mL of fluid replenishment by natural losses daily. For heat, sweat, or other losses you would increase accordingly. For every 1 degree above 98 degrees Fahrenheit your daily fluid requirement increases by 125mL/day as well. Many gallons will cause trouble. ...Read more

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How would a homeopath treat someone suffering from water intoxication?

Restrict water: The treatment for water intoxication is to remove the cause: decrease the water intake. Serum analysis of electrolytes is necessary to see if there is low sodium which is a serious condition. No homeopathic remedy that I am aware of is going to do this. You have to stop drinking so much water. In homeopathy we are treating the whole person but changes in behavior need to occur also. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for water intoxication?

H2O restriction: Unless there is a abnormality with adh(anti-diuretic hormone) then wate/fluid restriciton is the rx. ...Read more

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Fear of water intoxication i'm so worried how much can a runner drink?

Fear of water intoxication i'm so worried how much can a runner drink?

Water intoxication: You can generate fluid overload if you obsessively drink too much fluids---remember during long distance running you lose water and sodium so drinking sports drink in moderation should not cause this complication. ...Read more

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