Symptom: Thirst

Thirst: Inappropriate excessive 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.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Thirst:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Thirst (56 conditions)
  • Medications or substances causing symptom: Thirst (5 listings)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Thirst (22 conditions)

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Symptoms related to Thirst: dehydration (23), hunger (12), sweating (61), excessive hunger (12), food symptoms (22), thinness (4), weight gain (29), weight loss (120), overeating (10), undereating (11)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

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

    Medications or substances causing Thirst: The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Thirst as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

    Conditions listing 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.


  • Anorexia Nervosa ... excessive thirst


  • Cholera ... thirst
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome ... excessive thirst


  • Dehydration ... Thirst
  • Diabetes ... excessive thirst
  • Diabetes Insipidus ... excessive fluid intake, excessive thirst
  • Diarrhea ... Thirst


  • Gastrointestinal bleeding ... thirst


  • Hangover ... thirst
  • Hypercalcemia ... thirst
  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum ... thirst
  • Hyperglycemia ... excessive thirst
  • Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Nonketotic Syndrome ... thirst, excessive thirst
  • Hyperparathyroidism ... excessive thirst


  • Marijuana ... thirst
  • Multiple Myeloma ... thirst


  • Premenstrual syndrome ... thirst


  • Toxic Shock Syndrome ... thirst
  • Trichinosis ... thirst
  • Type 1 diabetes ... excessive thirst
  • Type 2 diabetes ... excessive thirst
  • Typhoid fever ... thirst

    Last revised: Nov 6, 2003

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