Doctor insights on:
Why Am I So Thirsty Lately
Drinking lots of water is usually healthy. However, the urge to drink too much may be the result of a physical or emotional disease. Excessive thirst may be a symptom of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). It can be an important clue in detecting diabetes. Excessive thirst is a fairly common symptom. It is often the reaction to fluid loss during exercise, or ...Read more
Diabetes & thrush: Excess thirst is a sign of diabetes which can lower bodily defenses against infection & increase risk for thrush which can then make it painful to swallow. Thirst is also a protective mechanism that's activated by dehydration. Painful swallowing could be due to any number of infections eg pharyngitis and sexually transmitted diseases plus bacterial strep throat. See your FamilyDoc if persists. ...Read more
CVA: There are fluid losing problems that can happen with stroke that could cause that thirst. Please see your doctor and let them know what's going on. ...Read more
It is normal: Thirst is a mechanism controlled by the brain where there are receptors (osmoreceptors) that sense the amount of salts in our body. If we loose fluids (sweating, exercise, diarrhea) these receptors are activated and give us the sensation of thirst. The threshold for these receptors activity is different in each of us. ...Read more
Thirst at night: The most common cause is blockage of your nasal passages (i.e., allergies) which force you to breath through your mouth, which is a really dehydrating experience. Other causes include uncontrolled diabetes where the high sugar levels draw fluid out of your system. Diuretics can do the same thing. ...Read more
Increased thirst =: Excessive desire to drink - unquenchable thirst. ...Read more
Its very easy to get dehydrated in the warm and human weather
you must drink water more frequently and in larger amounts than most people do
by the time you feel thirsty you're probably dehydrated. ...Read more
Several issues: Continuous thirst, in the absence of obvious things that use up fluid like sweating, could be from conditions causing the kidneys to make excess urine.Such as diabetes. There is a pituitary condition in which fluid is continuosly produced. There are also some conditions of the kidney which can do this. You should have a doctor's evaluation soon. ...Read more
Dehydrated?: Our brains will tell us that we need more fluids by triggering a sensation of thirst. If this just happened, it could simply be that you are dehydrated and need to drink some fluids. ...Read more
I have had no appetite for 5 days and within the two days have increased thirst. What could this be?
It's been a couple of months that every morning I wake up really really thirsty. Should I be worried?
My son will be 2 in feb and is healthy and growing as he should. My wife and I have a concern with how thirsty he stays all the time. All day everyday.?
See pediatrician: It would be best to check in with your pediatrician to see if your son's seemingly constant thirst is consistent with his metabolism of level of activity or if something else is going on. ...Read more
Really good question: Test it out. Try heavily carbonated water (seltzer) and see if that makes you thirsty and see if either highly sugared beverages do (a shot glass of maple syrup) or sour stuff lemon in water. The answer is that a bit of a combination. Mostly, the carbonation (which is SODIUM bicarbinate after all) and a bit of the others. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Some kids just develop a pattern of carrying a cup everywhere and drinking as a habit. They pee a lot but sleep without getting up to drink and don't have to drink in other settings. Some have medical issues needing study. They can be of life altering importance. A trip to your doc with some urine studies can start the process of sorting this out. ...Read more