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.

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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...

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...

How much water do you have to drink to get water intoxication?

Water intoxication. This is a rare phenomena and can occur during excessive loss of fluids from vigorous exercise and then drinking large amounts of water without electrolyte replacement. It can also be a psychological problem called "pathological water drinker." the main point here is that electrolytes, esp. Sodium need to stay in balance. Excessive drinking of water over a longer period of time might cause this. Read more...

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...

I just drank 40 ounces of water after race. Will I get water intoxication?

Probably not. If only 40 oz of water, water intoxication (hyponatremia) is unlikely. Still, caution is advised. Women, users of nsaids (motrin, aleve, (naproxen) ibuprofen, ), people in relatively poor shape have greatest chance of developing this condition. Usually, if you will develop water intoxication in setting of running long race, symptoms will become apparent very soon after completion of race/ingestion of water. Read more...

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...

If I went to the bathroom 5 times in a day, will I get water intoxication and die?

Frequent urination. may be related to fluid intake; however, if persistent, get a medical examination, urine analysis/culture and a fasting blood sugar. I agree that you are not suffering from water intoxication. Read more...
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