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Excessive eating is called "polyphagia" (or hyperphagia) and can be the symptom of numerous conditions. For a variety of mental and emotional conditions that cause excessive eating or binging, see overeating. For conditions causing the feeling that you are full when eating (or causing this sensation too early), see fullness. The list here deals primarily with medical conditions that affect the body's metabolism and cause an increase in the appetite and excessive hunger for food. See also appetite changes or appetite loss if these descriptions are more appropriate. Certain medical conditions causing hunger are extremely serious and any hunger symptoms need prompt professional medical advice for correct diagnosis and treatment....more »
The following medical conditions are some of the possible
causes of Excessive hunger.
There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor
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Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Excessive hunger, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.
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The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible
causes of Excessive hunger as a symptom.
Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using,
including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.
When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Excessive hunger as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.
Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Excessive hunger may include these symptoms:
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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Excessive hunger. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
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Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel syndrome, is over-diagnosed, whereas...read more »
Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria,...read more »
Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an infectious diarrheal illness (i...read more »
Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over...read more »
Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety...read more »
Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, or GERD. Other...read more »
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The list of organs typically affected by Excessive hunger may include, but is not limited to:
The list below shows some of the causes of Excessive hunger mentioned in various sources:
This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Excessive hunger. Of the 70 causes of Excessive hunger that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:
The following list of conditions have 'Excessive hunger' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have Excessive hunger or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Excessive hunger based
on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:
Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Excessive hunger, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.
Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :
Medical Conditions associated with Excessive hunger:
Eating symptoms (2462 causes), Appetite changes (1189 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Food symptoms (1907 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Nutrition symptoms (614 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)
Symptoms related to Excessive hunger:
Food symptoms (1907 causes), Weight gain (360 causes), Thirst (171 causes), Overeating (44 causes), Undereating (104 causes), Loss of appetite (1070 causes), Weight loss (2248 causes), Thinness (528 causes), Cravings (32 causes), Indigestion (112 causes), Hypoglycemia (284 causes), Diabetes mellitus (66 causes), Hyperphagia (44 causes), Amphetamine abuse, Depression (629 causes), Tapeworm infestation (6 causes)
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