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Is it possible for diarrhea to cause the blood pH to indicate acidosis or alkalosis?

Is it possible for diarrhea to cause the blood pH to indicate acidosis or alkalosis?

Acidosis: With severe diarrhea, metabolic acidosis is frequent and can result in severe complications depending on extent and duration of the diarrhea as well as the degree of rehydration. The acidosis results from loss of K+ and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) from excess liquid stool . The blood pH is normally maintained at 7.4. Below 7.35, metabolic acidosis is present. ...Read more

Acidosis (Definition)

Normally our body chemistry is kept in a narrow range, and in particular the amount of acid in the body is kept within a narrow range. The amount of acid is measured by a value called the ph. It is normally a value between 7.35 and 7.45, values below 7.35 are considered to be "acidotic" a patient with this value of the blood chemistry ...Read more


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When a patient has metabolic acidosis from prolong diarrhea, what has happened in the gut?

When a patient has metabolic acidosis from prolong diarrhea, what has happened in the gut?

Several possible: Diarrheic stools cause the body to lose bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) and if sufficiently severe this will create metabolic acidosis. If the diarrhea is a manifestation of systemic disease this can produce a metabolic anion-gap acidosis. In either event a doctor should be seen asap. ...Read more

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When you have diarrhea and you lose intestinal juices, does that lead to blood pH undergoing acidosis or alkalosis?

When you have diarrhea and you lose intestinal juices, does that lead to blood pH undergoing acidosis or alkalosis?

Acidosis: When one has severe diarrhea or takes too many laxatives there is a resulting change in the balanced pH of the blood referred to as hyperchloremic acidosis. The diminution of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) levels lost in the liquid stool results in this problem and must be compensated by minimizing or controlling the diarrhea and taking alkaline material P.O to return the blood pH to normal. ...Read more

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I have uncontrollable diarrhea. For an example today I got to work and got out of my car feeling just fine however as I started to walk the diarrhea s?

I have uncontrollable diarrhea. For an example today I got to work and got out of my car feeling just fine however as I started to walk the diarrhea s?

Got the runs...: Home treatment can help you treat your diarrhea and avoid other related problems, such as dehydration. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/diarrhea-age-12-and-older-home-treatment ...Read more

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Can wine cause someone with crohn"s to have diarrhea?

Can wine cause someone with crohn"s to have diarrhea?

No: There are no reports that grapes, alcohol, yeast, or sulfites will exacerbate Crohn's disease. So I would say 'no' to your question. ...Read more

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What’s the best way to get rid of diarrhea in children?

What’s the best way to get rid of diarrhea in children?

Use ORS if needed: Do not use any anti-diarrheal medication.Young children and infants should not be given a clear liquid diet. They should continue a normal diet but avoid high fat items. Nursing mothers should continue nursing. Do NOT give young children: plain water, tea, soda, Gatorade or Juices. They need an Oral Rehydration Solution(ORS). THE FOLLOWING WEB PAGES CONTAIN DETAILED PATIENT INFORMATION: http:// bit.ly/1yjrrsa AND http:// bit.ly/1BTTJbh ...Read more

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How to stop diarrhea?

What's the cause?: "plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities. Call your doctor please and get checked. ...Read more

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How to stop diarrhea?

How to stop diarrhea?

Depends: It all depends on what is the reason for the diarrhea. Generally bulking agents like metamucil are helpful for diarrhea related to irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics are also helpful. ...Read more

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What diet for diarrhea?

BRAT for acute runs: Start with bananas, rice (white), applesauce (has pectin), tea and toast (white)- easily absorbed. Fluids, not just water. Advance and add protein: miso soup goes down easy; add baked, boiled chicken, fish, potato, plain pasta; advance as tolerated.Add in cooked veggies (save salad and citrus for later). Chronic? See md probiotics, eg. S boulardii (florastor) can be helpful. Not better see doc. ...Read more

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How to remove diarrhea?

How to remove diarrhea?

Gentle on GI track: If you have diarrhea drink water to hydrate yourself. You can also have clear soups / broths, unsweetened juices or oral rehydration solutions. You want to be gentle with your diet so that your GI track can recover. Stay away from dairy, leafy vegetables & most fruits initially. Caffeine & alcohol should be avoided as well as any dark carbonated beverages. Although it may seem bland to you, stay >. ...Read more

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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more