Always Thirsty? What You Should Know
Thirst is your body’s way of telling you that it’s running low on water, which it needs to function well. It is very normal to feel thirsty when it’s hot or after you’ve powered through an intense workout.
But if you are always filling up your cup without relief, it could be a sign og other health problems.
Dehydration means your body doesn’t have enough water to carry out normal tasks, and thirst is the main symptom. It can happen for a lot of reasons, such as exercise, diarrhea, vomiting, and too much sweating.
Besides wanting water, other signs can include:
- Dark-colored urine
- Not needing to pee as often
- Dry mouth
- Dry skin and changes in nails
- Feeling tired or lightheaded on standing
Kids who are dehydrated might also:
- Have few or no tears when they cry
- Have a dry, sticky mouth
- Go to the bathroom less or have fewer wet diapers
- Be irritable or sluggish
When your mouth feels very dry, it can make you thirsty. Usually, it happens because the glands in your mouth make less saliva. You may get it because of medications, treatments for other conditions like cancer, diseases like Sjogren’s syndrome, nerve damage in the head and neck, or tobacco use.
If your glands don’t make enough saliva, you may have other symptoms, such as:
- Bad breath
- Change in taste when eating
- Irritated gums and tongue
- Lipstick sticking to your teeth
- Thick, stringy saliva
- Trouble chewing food
How Can You Quench Your Thirst?
The answer depends on what is making you so thirsty. Drinking more water is a good place to start. But if you can’t satisfy your craving for it, talk with Dr. Love on your next appointment, or complete the form below.