Alternate Names : Polydipsia
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Prevention is often not possible. Drinking extra fluids before exercising can help prevent cases from this cause. Avoiding substances responsible for excessive thirst can prevent cases due to drug use. Taking medications as prescribed and checking blood sugars regularly can prevent some cases due to diabetes.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Long-term effects are related to the cause. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause damage to many bodily organs and even result in death. Cases due to dehydration can usually be treated successfully without long term effects. A person with psychogenic polydipsia can sometimes develop dangerous salt imbalances due to excessive water drinking.
What are the risks to others?
Excessive thirst is not contagious and poses no risks to others. If the cause of excessive thirst is dehydration due to an infection, the infection may be contagious.