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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
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Water Intoxication (Overview)

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


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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

Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
111 Doctors shared insights

Water Intoxication (Overview)

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


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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. I'm 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. 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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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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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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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 ...Read more

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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!?

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 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! ...Read more

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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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?

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

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How much water does it take for a person to get water intoxication?

How much water does it take for a person to get water intoxication?

Depends: It depends on the size of the person and the rate of ingestion but somewhere in range of four to six liters in a short period of time can substantially drop sodium level. ...Read more