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What can cause severe dehydration and low potassium even when you can eat normal and haven't been sick?

What can cause severe dehydration and low potassium even when you can eat normal and haven't been sick?

See your doctor.: Abnormal fluid losses from your GI tract or urine can lead to this. Not sure if you have been having vomiting or diarrhea; if not, a careful review of your medications as would other tests including urine studies are in order. Your doctor can help sort this out after taking a complete history and physical exam. In the meantime, stay well hydrated and liberalize dietary potassium. Best of luck!

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Dr. William Singer
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How do you treat severe dehydration?

How do you treat severe dehydration?

Salt and water: Hydration with electrolyte rich fluids. The best electrolyte is salt or sodium. However, salt water taste terrible and is hard to consume. Therefore, in severe cases of dehydration, the salt or sodium is delivered intravenously directly into the veins as saline fluid. If IV's aren't available, taking salt tabs and chasing it down with water or fluids is one effective way to get lots of salt in.

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What are the signs and symptoms of severe dehydration?

What are the signs and symptoms of severe dehydration?

Affects vital signs: When a person has severe dehydration usually she is dizzy, might have difficulty to be awake, have a high heart rate, low blood pressure.

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Help please! Could dehydration in babies cause seizures?

Help please! Could dehydration in babies cause seizures?

Yes: Dehydration may effect the body's concentration of sodium and other minerals as well as the body's acid/base balance causing seizures. In addition blood sugar levels may also be affected by dehydration causing seizures. Speak to your doctor about your concerns.

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I've been on low dose Accutane for 2years but on and off due to severe dehydration, does this effect the outcome?

I've been on low dose Accutane for 2years but on and off due to severe dehydration, does this effect the outcome?

Accutane: Please be cautious with this drug, make sure you aren't pregnant or not planning pregnancy while taking it, even in small doses. This medicine has to monitored by a physician, besides its hazards on pregnancy and unborn babies, it can cause a multitude of side effects. Using it on and off will not be of value, please refer to the doctor who prescribed it, all the best

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What does high Blood Albumin indicate? What would you think of a 5.8 blood albumin? Severe dehydration? Long-term consequences for weeks at this #?

What does high Blood Albumin indicate? What would you think of a 5.8 blood albumin? Severe dehydration? Long-term consequences for weeks at this #?

Likely dehydration: There are few pathological conditions that result in high serum albumin, except dehydration. Drink enough water so that your urine is clear, colorless and odorless, i.e., watery before repeating the test. If you had injection of contrast medium before the test, that may result in a spurious high reading of albumin.

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What's risk of severe dehydration?

What's risk of severe dehydration?

Death: Water is essential to health and life. Severe water depletion will lead to low pressure, kidney failure, and eventual death.

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How long are you hospitalized for having severe dehydration?

How long are you hospitalized for having severe dehydration?

It depends: It depends on the cause of dehydration. Some will cause ongoing fluid loss, so correction of dehyration will take longer. Others are more simple and can be corrected over 24-48 hours.

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Can dehydration cause a seizure?

Can dehydration cause a seizure?

Possible: Depending on extent of dehydration and resulting chemical imbalance, a generalized seizure could develop, but other problems involving blood pressure, cardiovascular collapse, and coma, could also be seen.

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How long after severe dehydration can I die?

How long after severe dehydration can I die?

Death: Water is essential to health and life. Severe water depletion will lead to low pressure, kidney failure, and eventual death.

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Will there be serious organ damage if medical help cannot be accessed for hypovolemia due to severe dehydration?

Possibly: Severe dehydration can lead to hypovolemic shock, a problem which can lead to organ damage or death. Seek immediate medical attention in this case. In most cases severe dehydration can be avoided by using oral rehydration solution, such as pedialyte. However, if you are worried you or your child may be seriously dehydrated, don't delay. That is a medical emergency.

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What blood albumin number would indicate severe dehydration? (on a lab where 3.5-5 was the normal range)

What blood albumin number would indicate severe dehydration? (on a lab where 3.5-5 was the normal range)

It doesn't: Albumin is a blood protein. It does not detect dehydration. Clinical signs of dehydration are dry mucous membranes, low blood pressure, rapid, thready (hard to feel) pulse. BUN and creatinine blood values may be helpful. Albumin can be low with poor nutrition, malabsorption, or certain types of kidney disease.

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Can a person survive prerenal acute renal failure due to severe dehydration without medical help? If so, what are the consequences of not gettin help?

Can a person survive prerenal acute renal failure due to severe dehydration without medical help? If so, what are the consequences of not gettin help?

Not advised: Yes, but just because something can be done means that it should be down. A prolonged prerenal state can lead to severe tubular necrosis which is not quickly or always 100% reversible. Prolonged renal failure (prerenal or otherwise) if severe enough puts the individual at risk of death from chemical abnormalities and uremia. Short term risk death, if survives long term risk incomplete recovery.

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If someone had a bout of severe dehydration that did not get treated medically in october 2102, is it too late now to reverse the consquences?

Can't say.: Not sure what consequences you refer to. Electrolyte disorders and kidney injury can be reversible, but your doctor would need blood tests to figure this out. Other consequences such as a stroke or heart attack may not be entirely reversible. Best if the patient be seen by a physician to answer your question completely. Best of luck.

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If I go to the hospital for severe dehydration from vomiting, what is the estimated length of time I would need IV fluids?

If I go to the hospital for severe dehydration from vomiting, what is the estimated length of time I would need IV fluids?

Depends: It depends how dehydrated you are. You might get couple liters off IV fluids and anti nausea medications. They will keep you typically until you are hydrated enough and you are able to keep down something orally without vomiting.

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I just had severe dehydration do to doing meth for 4 days and now its been two days and my chest hurts and I keep getting panic attack like symtoms?

I just had severe dehydration do to doing meth for 4 days and now its been two days and my chest hurts and I keep getting panic attack like symtoms?

Meth: Your symptoms are almost certainly related to your meth use. They could be withdrawal but other problems caused by the meth could also be there. See your dr.

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Part of the tops of cornea have lost color (brown) after eyes shrunk in sockets due to severe dehydration. What is happening? Retinal detachment?

Part of the tops of cornea have lost color (brown) after eyes shrunk in sockets due to severe dehydration. What is happening? Retinal detachment?

Arcus senilis: I presume you are referring to a whitish grey ring in the cornea that appears all the way around the colored part of the eye. Most commonly this is not due to cholesterol. It is a normal finding in people as the age, called arcus senilis. It can be a sign of elevated cholesterol in people younger than 45. It is more visible/noticeable in individuals with dark coloring of the eye.

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