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Dr. Alok Agrawal
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Fluid And Electrolyte Balance (Overview)

Fluid and electrolyte balance refers to the body's salt and water status, which is affected by the foods and liquids you drink, your physical activity, and the activity of your kidneys.


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Hormones responsible for maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance?

Hormones responsible for maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance?

Aldosterone: When athletes are trained, they secrete less sodium in the sweat, and \affect caused bu a human hormone called aldosterone, which also increases plasma volume. ...Read more

Dr. Alok Agrawal
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Fluid And Electrolyte Balance (Overview)

Fluid and electrolyte balance refers to the body's salt and water status, which is affected by the foods and liquids you drink, your physical activity, and the activity of your kidneys.


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Fluid and electrolyte balance in and out always equal in surgical patients?

Fluid and electrolyte balance in and out always equal in surgical patients?

No: Fluid & electrolyte balance in the peri-operative time period is highly variable. It depends on a person's medical conditions before surgery such as heart failure or kidney disease. It depends on medications used before surgery. It depends if the surgery was long, complicated, emergency, or due to sepsis. Fluid retention & electrolyte imbalance early after major surgery is common & correctable. ...Read more

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Are electrolytes similar to salts and cause water retention?

Are electrolytes similar to salts and cause water retention?

Yes: Electrolytes are the collective name for sodium, potassium, chloride, etc. -- the chemicals that make up the liquid part of blood. Too much of one particular electrolyte -- sodium -- one component of nacl, or salt -- can cause swelling. Most energy drinks have "some" electrolytes in them, and drinking too much of them can contribute to swelling. ...Read more

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How can you balance dietary sodium intake with the intake of potassium?

How can you balance dietary sodium intake with the intake of potassium?

More fruit in diet: You can eat more fruits rich in potassium such as tomatoes oranges bananas. The dash diet is good on outlining this ...Read more

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Could potassium cause water retention in feet and ankles?

Could potassium cause water retention in feet and ankles?

Water: As stated , potassium is not the cause of water or fluid retention. In fact there are potassium sparing BP meds. See your prescribing doc if you are on BP meds. If you are not , then see your family doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can fludrocortisone make any changes in the sodium, potassium balance in the muscle cell ?

Can fludrocortisone make any changes in the sodium, potassium balance in the muscle cell ?

Yes: All steroids can cause myopathy. That implies a change in electrolyte movements within skeletal muscles. A myopathy can manifest as muscle weakness. It is rare. Generally not seen, myopathy from cortisone is caused by a large dose taken. So, even though the answer to your question is yes it is unusual. A history of adverse cortisone effects makes it more likely to occur. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of maintaining fluid and acid-bace balance from renal function?

Equilibrium: The kidneys determine the amount of urine you make. If you are dehydrated they hold on to fld by concentrating the urine, if you drink excessively the kidney excretes excess fluid by diluting the urine. This keeps people from being at the correct fluid level, every day you eat Amino Acids (protein) 1 osm/kg/day. You must excrete the acid via the kidney or you will retain acid in the body. ...Read more

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Can eating too much calcium cause dizziness or a buil up of crystals in inner ear and cause vertigo?

Can eating too much calcium cause dizziness or a buil up of crystals in inner ear and cause vertigo?

Don't overtake Ned's: While calcium is frequently beneficial, it like all meds, need to be taken according to necessity and proper dosing. Too much of anything is bad. ...Read more

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Can low sodium intake (<1500mg/day) lead to fluid retention?

Can low sodium intake (<1500mg/day) lead to fluid retention?

No, not low sodium.: High (not low) sodium intake will lead to fluid retention. If you are retaining fluid and following a low salt diet, there may be other causes that need to be investigated, such as kidney, heart, liver, thyroid health. Malnutrition can also lead to fluid retention as can blood clots or leaky veins. Check with your doctor who can examine you and order the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Can fluid in your ear cause dizziness and headaches?

Can fluid in your ear cause dizziness and headaches?

Middle ear effusion: In general, fluid in the middle ear should not cause dizziness or headache. It definitely causes hearing loss in the affected ear. There are many other causes for dizziness or headache. You need to be evaluated by your primary care doctor, possibly an otolaryngologist, and possibly a neurologist. ...Read more

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What is Ions or Electrolytes function for our body? Could Ions stimulates our thirst and enhance our body fluid ?

What is Ions or Electrolytes function for our body? Could Ions stimulates our thirst and enhance our body fluid ?

Biochemistry: There are countless ions and electrolytes in your body, each with multiple different functions. Thirst is a complex mechanism with many different factors. A biochemistry textbook could give you more answers! ...Read more

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How to prevent unbalance fluid in head?

How to prevent unbalance fluid in head?

Let your body do it: Not exactly sure what you are referring to, but the normal human body (e.g. Blood brain barrier) knows how to maintain cerebrospinal fluid balance. If you are referring to a specific medical problem, then consulting your doctor, neurologist, neurosurgeon is advised. ...Read more

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Can an intake of water balance sodium intake so pressure is not exerted on the arterial walls and can prevent hypertension?

Can an intake of water balance sodium intake so pressure is not exerted on the arterial walls and can prevent hypertension?

That's not right: The reason sodium raises BP is because it draws water in (by osmosis) and expands the circulating blood volume. People who do not have hypertension aren't harmed - the excess sodium and water is cleared by the kidneys. Those who are sensitive have an excessive rise in bp. ...Read more

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Could inner ear problems such as fluid not draining properly cause colored spots and heat wave effects in vision and make me feel off balance?

Could inner ear problems such as fluid not draining properly cause colored spots and heat wave effects in vision and make me  feel off balance?

Headache aura?: Your symptoms are suggestive of headache aura from migraines. But as far as "fluid not draining properly" from the inner ear..not sure where you're getting that idea....are you thinking you have elevated perilymph volumes or pressures in the cochlea? If so, then, yes that could cause headaches & balance problems. Or, you may just have migraine aura, as millions do with normal inner ear drainage. ...Read more

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Dehydration + symptoms from inadequate fluid intake. Level of intake that resolves symptoms causes excessive urination, leading to dehydration. Ideas?

Dehydration + symptoms from inadequate fluid intake. Level of intake that resolves symptoms causes excessive urination, leading to dehydration. Ideas?

Dehydration: Please see your doctor who will take your medical history, examine you, and order labs. It is important to find out what is contained in a 24 hour urine collection as well as blood work. If there are problems they can be resolved. ...Read more

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What could cause fluid retention and thyroid fluctuation?

What could cause fluid retention and thyroid fluctuation?

Thyroid: Hypothyroidism can cause fluid retention. Sometimes thyroid problems are associated with other autoimmune disorders affecting kidneys. This would cause fluid retention as well. Certain GI problems like celiac disease could also lead to malabsorption which could cause fluctuation in fluid status. ...Read more

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Fluid and electrolyte balance in and out always equal in surgical patients?

No: Fluid & electrolyte balance in the peri-operative time period is highly variable. It depends on a person's medical conditions before surgery such as heart failure or kidney disease. It depends on medications used before surgery. It depends if the surgery was long, complicated, emergency, or due to sepsis. Fluid retention & electrolyte imbalance early after major surgery is common & correctable. ...Read more

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Hormones responsible for maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance?

Aldosterone: When athletes are trained, they secrete less sodium in the sweat, and \affect caused bu a human hormone called aldosterone, which also increases plasma volume. ...Read more

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List 5 intervention necessary to help monitor patients fluid electrolyte balance?

List 5 intervention necessary to help monitor patients fluid electrolyte balance?

Electrlytes: Your fluid and electrolyte balance is controlled by your autonomic nervous system which uses your kidneys and bowelsto excrete what you do not require and retain or rhe absorb what you need ...Read more

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How can i improve my electrolyte balance in my body?

Eat: Assuming you're a healthy person in general, the best way to ensure electrolyte balance is to eat REAL foods - and a variety of them. Focus on protein, veggies, some fruits, and stay away from the starches/sugar. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have right balance in electrolytes? How to take in the right amount?

How do I know if I have right balance in electrolytes? How to take in the right amount?

No symptoms: or normal electrolytes by blood test shows the right balance. Well balanced meals with fruit and vegetables provide you the right amount. ...Read more

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What is Ions or Electrolytes function for our body? Could Ions stimulates our thirst and enhance our body fluid ?

Biochemistry: There are countless ions and electrolytes in your body, each with multiple different functions. Thirst is a complex mechanism with many different factors. A biochemistry textbook could give you more answers! ...Read more

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Does plain senna syrup effect electrolyte balance?

Does plain senna  syrup effect electrolyte balance?

Possibly If LongTerm: Long term use of senna syrup can cause electrolyte balance. It may cause a deficiency of potassium among other electrolytes. The nih does not recommend use for more than 2 weeks. See the following site for more information: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/652.Html. ...Read more

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Why is electrolyte balance important in a person with c diff?

Always is...: Repleting electrolytes is crucial in any condition to avoid further complications more so in a condition that can cause depletion of important electrolytes due to diarrhea and fluid shifts. ...Read more

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How exactly does lithium affect electrolyte balance? I'm retaining a lot of water and have decreased urine output. What am I doing wrong?

How exactly does lithium affect electrolyte balance? I'm retaining a lot of water and have decreased urine output. What am I doing wrong?

Not doing anything: wrong. Lithium can cause many problems, including increased thirst, fluid retention and both fluid and electrolyte problems, as well as kidney problems. You should contact the prescribing physician immediately and be evaluated. If there is too long a wait, consider an urgent care center or an emergency department if necessary. Your doctor should be monitoring renal function and lithium levels. ...Read more

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I have syncope issues! cardiologist tells me that even though my electrolytes are good it doesn't mean that i'm getting enough fluid! is this true?

I have syncope issues! cardiologist tells me that even though my electrolytes are good it doesn't mean that i'm getting enough fluid! is this true?

Vagal reflex?: There are many causes of syncope, and one of the most common is a nerve reflex, called a vasovagal reflex, that can suddenly drop the heart rate and blood pressure. This occurs most commonly in the setting of dehydration. Electrolytes can be normal even when one is mildly dehydrated, so drinking more fluids is a reasonable first step. But further work up is needed if episodes continue. ...Read more

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What does abnormal urea and electrolytes mean in diabetes. Why told to drink more fluids?

What does abnormal urea and electrolytes mean in diabetes. Why told to drink more fluids?

Labs: If you blood urea nitrogen is elevated it means you are dry and need more hydration. Elevated sugar makes diabetics frequently urinate which can lead to dehydration. ...Read more

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Can I undergo the colonoscopy prep if I've been taking a PPI for two weeks? Will this upset my electrolyte balance further?

Can I undergo the colonoscopy prep if I've been taking a PPI for two weeks? Will this upset my electrolyte balance further?

Ask doc: Ask the physician who ordered the colonoscopy for you. That doctor might have specific recommendations on which meds you should stop and which to continue prior to your procedure. ...Read more

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Have you ever heard of any endurance athletes with diabetes insipidus? Were they able to manage their hydration and electrolyte balance?

Have you ever heard of any endurance athletes with diabetes insipidus?  Were they able to manage their hydration and electrolyte balance?

You're good: A search of the nih database showed no special care recommendations for endurance athletes with diabetes insipidus. I'm not an endocrinologist or nephrologist but my sense is that a smart patient could manage the electrolytes easily and enjoy taking part. ...Read more

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What's the expert opinion, could the master cleanser lemon diet screw up my electrolyte balance?

What's the expert opinion, could the master cleanser lemon diet screw up my electrolyte balance?

May Be.: While on that diet, take: 1. K-dur 20 meq, one tab. Twice a week. 2. 1/2 teaspoonful of salt in any juice daily. ...Read more

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Could magnesium oxide get electrolyte out of balance? Or endanger me? If not what's the best dose?

Insuff Info: I would need medication list and Med HX to answer. I would also need to know kidney function such as BUN and Creatinine and UR electrolytes. In patients with normal kidney function and nl electrolytes, one could take 100 - 250mgs a day or every other day. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for fluid and electrolyte disorders other than taking diuretics and reducing sodium in my diet. Nothing seems to work?

What is the best treatment for fluid and electrolyte disorders other than taking diuretics and reducing sodium in my diet. Nothing seems to work?

< 2000 mg sodium/day: There are many fluid and electrolyte disorders out there, but it sounds like you may be having trouble with edema? Diuretics and sodium restriction are cornerstones to treating edema, however there may be other issues at play. You should have your kidney, heart, and liver function checked, so follow up with your doctor who can provide more directed care. Read food labels! sodium is everywhere! ...Read more

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How to maintain electrolyte balance during colonoscopy preparation? Should I drink mineral water and sport drinks?

Electrolytes: Colon prep is not likely to affect the electrolyte balance of normal adults significantly. Drinking these sport drinks will not hurt you and perhaps help the economy. ...Read more

Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, ...Read more