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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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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