ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 994.3

Effects of thirst

Diagnosis Code 994.3

ICD-9: 994.3
Short Description: Effects of thirst
Long Description: Effects of thirst
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 994.3

Code Classification
  • Injury and poisoning (800–999)
    • Other and unspecified effects of external causes (990-995)
      • 994 Effects of other external causes

Information for Patients


Dehydration

When you're dehydrated, your body doesn't have enough fluid to work properly. An average person on an average day needs about 3 quarts of water. But if you're out in the hot sun, you'll need a lot more than that. Most healthy bodies are very good at regulating water. Elderly people, young children and some special cases - like people taking certain medications - need to be a little more careful.

Signs of dehydration in adults include

  • Being thirsty
  • Urinating less often than usual
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Dry skin
  • Feeling tired
  • Dizziness and fainting

Signs of dehydration in babies and young children include a dry mouth and tongue, crying without tears, no wet diapers for 3 hours or more, a high fever and being unusually sleepy or drowsy.

If you think you're dehydrated, drink small amounts of water over a period of time. Taking too much all at once can overload your stomach and make you throw up. For people exercising in the heat and losing a lot of minerals in sweat, sports drinks can be helpful. Avoid any drinks that have caffeine.

  • Dehydration


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