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How do you fix an electrolyte imbalance?

Electrolyte imbalanc: It depends which electrolyte(s) are imbalanced and then to try and find a cause. If they are low, then replace them. ...Read more

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Electrolytes (Definition)

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


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What are the signs/symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance?

Various: Look first for weakness, then confusion. In the hospital, very sick people are monitored and sodium, potassium, and acid-based are controlled well. Outside, we see this in people abusing diuretics, overdoing drinking water, folks with renal and/or adrenal disease, and athletes who overdo things in the heat. Symptoms and signs are seldom "textbook". ...Read more

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What is the difference between electrolyte imbalance and dehydration? What are symptoms of both to look for?

What is the difference between electrolyte imbalance and dehydration? What are symptoms of both to look for?

1=the other: U should always maintain proper hydration. Dehydration leads 2 electrolyte imbalance. Even if u do not sweat a lot in the heat, u have insensible water and electrolyte loss especially if active in the sun u can b fooled by a breeze 2 think u r ok. Water & a sports drink will b the best. Or some of the old school use salt tablets, but a gator aide like replacement is best. ...Read more

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How do I check for electrolyte imbalance? What should I do if my medication is causing it?

How do I check for electrolyte imbalance? What should I do if my medication is causing it?

Chem-7: A chemistry check can allay your concerns. Some medications, like diuretics and some blood pressure medications (like losartan), commonly cause electrolyte abnormalities. Your doctor is best able to advise if your medications may be causing a problem. ...Read more

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How does electrolyte imbalance affect the heart?

How does electrolyte imbalance affect the heart?

They Drive the Heart: Your heart is a muscular pump with four valves that will not do anything without the electrical impulses that drives it. Sodium (na+) potassium (k+) and calcium (ca 2+) are the primary electrolytes that are critical for a normal heart rhythm. The heart will beat abnormally (arrhythmias) if the electrolytes are not in their normal ranges. The kidneys do a pretty good job keeping a balance. ...Read more

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How much diarrhea or for how long would a person have to have complete watery diarrhea for electrolyte imbalance to occur? How to replenish?

How much diarrhea or for how long would a person have to have complete watery diarrhea for electrolyte imbalance to occur? How to replenish?

1 day, Gatorade: You can get dehydrated within a day of having severe diarrhea with multiple watery bowel movements. It is very important to stay hydrated as well as replace electrolytes. The best thing to replace electrolytes would be a sports drink such as gatorade. It is likely that when you are younger, your parents may have given use pedialyte which does the same thing. ...Read more

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Can you please talk about of the easiest to stop symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance?

Electrolyte problem: To get an answer to your question, you need to be more specific about what type of electrolyte imbalance you are talking about. The treatment of high potassium is different from the treatment of a high sodium. Please provide more details about the problem to get a meaningful answer. ...Read more

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Could drinking alcohol cause an electrolyte imbalance?

Could drinking alcohol cause an electrolyte imbalance?

Yes: If you are a heavy drinker, you could see low magnesium and low sodium levels among other things. ...Read more

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Could tingly scalp and lightheadedness on rising from bed or chair be related to electrolyte imbalance in middle aged man?

Could tingly scalp and lightheadedness on rising from bed or chair be related to electrolyte imbalance in middle aged man?

Yes, but it: Sounds more like postural hypotension, that is, low blood pressure upon arising from lying position. If this person has irregular heart beat or neurologic symptoms, it is urgent. Have him see a doctor. ...Read more

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