Other causes of thirst

There are also many other potential causes of severe thirst. These include:

  • diabetes insipidus a condition caused by problems with a hormone that regulates the amount of fluid in the body
  • diabetic ketoacidosis a dangerous complication of diabetes caused by a lack of the hormone insulin in the body
  • sickle cell anaemia an inherited blood disorder
  • psychogenic polydipsia where a person with a mental health condition, such as schizophrenia , drinks excessive amounts of water that can't be excreted (got rid of) by the kidneys
  • excessive bleeding

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018