FAQ - Water Intoxication
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Does it hurt when you die from water intoxication?


How long will it take you to die? And does it hurt?
just curious...
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you can go into seizures. it can't feel good  (+ info)

is there anything like water such as water intoxication?


someone tell me that someone died after drinking too much water, I personally think it cant happen.
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It can happen why

Body fluids contain electrolytes (particularly sodium compounds, such as sodium chloride) in concentrations that must be held within very narrow limits. Water enters the body orally or intravenously and leaves the body primarily in urine, sweat, and exhaled water vapor. If water enters the body more quickly than it can be removed, body fluids are diluted and a potentially dangerous shift in electrolyte balance occurs.  (+ info)

can i get Water Intoxication?


I've had a really bad sore throat for the past 3 days and i've been drinking hot tea and water non stop for 3 days. ive gone through about 6 water bottles and 20 cups of tea in one day. Can i get Water Intoxication from drinking this much?
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drank too much water, is this water intoxication?


i haven't had anything to drink like all day, and was super thirsty, so i drank 2 bottles of water to make up for it and clense my body. afterwards, my normally flat slomach became round and swollen and increased a good 8 inches on my waistline. what's happening to me? am i suffering from water intoxication? my stomach sometimes does this when i eat to much, but NEVER this big... the skin above my stomach is also turning white.
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No, this is not water intoxication. You didn't drink anything all day, and now you just put 4 to 5 servings of water in your stomach. Basically, it's expanding to what size it needs to, so it can hold all the water. If you feel sick, it's because your stomach wasn't built to hold that much at one time. I wouldn't worry too much about it. If it starts having a sharp pain though, that may be a rupture in your stomach. Other than that, drink water in 8 ounce qualities throughout the day, and be ready to have to urinate.  (+ info)

how much water can you drink without getting water intoxication?


yes Im thirsty lol. I drank 24 oz of water and am started on another bottle, but I dont want to die or something.
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According to wikipedia "Consuming as little as 1.8 litres of water (0.48 gal) in a single sitting may prove fatal for a person adhering to a low-sodium diet, or 3 litres (0.79 gallons) for a person on a normal diet." If you're sweating, then you're losing a lot more water through your pores, and can therefore drink more before worrying about water intoxication.

It's not just about how much you consume over the course of the day - the risk of water intoxication is increased more by the consumption of a lot of water over a very short period of time. And your weight has less to do with it than the efficiency of your kidneys and the amount of sweat you produce.  (+ info)

What is it called when you drink too much water? I heard its called water intoxication but whats the oter name


"Hyponatremia"...or overhydration.....and it can cause rapid swelling to the brain.  (+ info)

what exactly is water intoxication?


so from a scientific point of view what is water intoxication in a baby and how much is to much ? my little man is three months and needs some extra water due to the hot weather. he is also formula fed... so how much water is ok and how often?

Thank you!! =]
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It's a fatal disturbance in brain function. It happens when electrolytes are pushed out of normal balance by over consumption of water. I would say you should be safe with 2 oz every 2 hrs or so, you could also try pedialyte to keep electrolytes at a good healthy balance.  (+ info)

Sometimes I chug like 8 glasses of water in a row after waking up. can i die from water intoxication?


i'm serious. my stomach can expand to hold it
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Technically, yes. You get demyelination syndrome, or central pontine myelinosis. You're effectively washing out all the sodium in your body, which is very bad.

It sound like you may have a form of diabetes, if what you say is true. It may be either diabetes mellitus or insipidus. Please see a doctor and get checked out as both could have serious consequences if left untreated.  (+ info)

What is water intoxication?


Physiology of water intoxication
Body fluids contain electrolytes (particularly sodium compounds, such as sodium chloride) in concentrations that must be held within very narrow limits. Water enters the body orally or intravenously and leaves the body primarily in the urine, sweat and by exhaled water vapour. If water enters the body more quickly than it can be removed, body fluids are diluted and a potentially dangerous shift in electrolyte balance occurs.

Most water intoxication is caused by hyponatremia, an overdilution of sodium in the blood plasma, which in turn causes an osmotic shift of water from extracellular fluid (outside of cells) to intracellular fluid (within cells). The cells swell as a result of changes in osmotic pressure and may cease to function. When this occurs in the cells of the central nervous system and brain, water intoxication is the result. Additionally, many other cells in the body may undergo cytolysis, wherein cell membranes that are unable to stand abnormal osmotic pressures rupture, killing the cells. Initial symptoms typically include light-headedness, sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting, headache and/or malaise. Plasma sodium levels below 100 mmol/L (2.3g/L) frequently result in cerebral edema, seizures, coma, and death within a few hours of drinking the excess water. As with alcohol poisoning, the progression from mild to severe symptoms may occur rapidly as the water continues to enter the body from the stomach or intravenously.

A person with two healthy kidneys can excrete about 1.5 litres (0.39 gallons)[citation needed] of water per hour at maximum filtration (other studies find the limit to be as little as 0.9L/h (0.24 gal)[2]). Consuming as little as 1.8 litres of water (0.48 gal) in a single sitting may prove fatal for a person adhering to a low-sodium diet, or 3 litres (0.79 gallons) for a person on a normal diet. However, this must be modulated by potential water losses via other routes. For example, a person who is perspiring heavily may lose 1 L/h (0.26 gal) of water through perspiration alone, thereby raising the threshold for water intoxication. The problem is further complicated by the amount of electrolytes lost in urine or sweat, which is variable within a range controlled by the body's regulatory mechanisms. Water intoxication can be prevented by consuming water that is isotonic with water losses, but the exact concentration of electrolytes required is difficult to determine and fluctuates over time, and the greater the time period involved, the smaller the disparity that may suffice to produce electrolyte imbalance and water intoxication.

Sodium is not the only mineral that can become overdiluted from excessive water intake. Magnesium is also excreted in urine. "Magnesium deficiency can cause metabolic changes that may contribute to heart attacks and strokes."[3] Intravenous magnesium is used in cardiac care units for cardiac arrhythmias.[4]  (+ info)

Whats more painful, dying from dehydration or water intoxication?


don't know, i've never died from either!  (+ info)

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