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Thirst: Introduction

Excessive thirst as a symptom is usually also indicated by two other factors: drinking excessive water, and excessive urination. Sometimes it's hard to hard to know what's happening, and people tend to deny these symptoms. For example, dehydration from excessive urination is what causes thirst in some diseases (e.g. diabetes). Any thirst symptom can indicate serious conditions, and requires prompt professional medical attention....more »

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Causes of Thirst:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Thirst. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Thirst:

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Thirst: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Thirst, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Thirst Treatments

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Stories from Users for Thirst

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Message Boards for Thirst

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Thirst or relevant symptoms:

Medications or substances causing Thirst:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Thirst 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.

Drug interactions causing Thirst:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Thirst 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.

  • Lithium Carbonate and Acyclovir interaction
  • Lithium Carbonate and Indomethacin interaction
  • Lithium Carbonate and Losartan interaction
  • Lithium Carbonate and Mazindol interaction
  • Lithium Carbonate and Methyldopa interaction
  • more interactions...»

Thirst: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Thirst may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Thirst

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Thirst: Deaths

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Definitions of Thirst:

Sensation associated with a craving to drink, ordinarily interpreted as a desire for water.
- (Source - CRISP)

Organs affected by Thirst:

The list of organs typically affected by Thirst may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Thirst

The list below shows some of the causes of Thirst mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Thirst?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Thirst. Of the 171 causes of Thirst that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 4 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 8 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 167 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Thirst:

The following list of conditions have 'Thirst' 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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Causes of Thirst Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Thirst based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Thirst?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Thirst, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Thirst:

    Subtypes of Thirst:

    Polydipsia (135 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Thirst:

    Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Diabetes-related symptoms (327 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Thirst:

    Dehydration (284 causes), Hunger (70 causes), Sweating (831 causes), Excessive hunger (70 causes), Food symptoms (1907 causes), Thinness (528 causes), Weight gain (360 causes), Weight loss (2248 causes), Overeating (44 causes), Undereating (104 causes), Atropine poisoning, Belladona poisoning, Diabetes insipidus (40 causes), Diabetes mellitus (66 causes), Diuretics, Excessive caffeine intake, Osmotic diuresis (6 causes), Psychogenic polydipsia, Recreational drugs

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