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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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I spilled dilute sulfuric acid on myself, is this dangerous?

I spilled dilute sulfuric acid on myself, is this dangerous?

Wash it off: Right away. Neutralize the remaining acid on your skin with a paste of baking sofa and water. If the burn appears serious go to the ER at your local hospital. If not, wash and dry the area and apply Neomycin cream to prevent infection. Cover the area loosely and keep it clean. ...Read more

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Will a small sulfuric acid burn heal on its own?

Will a small sulfuric acid burn heal on its own?

It depends: If it is a superficial (i.e., 1st- or 2nd-degree) burn, it will heal on its own within 3 weeks. If it is a full-thickness (i.e., 3rd-degree) burn, it will only heal on its own from the sides if it is very small or narrow. Otherwise, a 3rd-degree burn would need to be skin-grafted. If the wound is not healed after 3 weeks of good wound care, see a general, plastic, or burn surgeon. ...Read more

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Can the inhilation of sulfuric acid gas be harmful?

Can the inhilation of sulfuric acid gas be harmful?

Yes: This is a strong inorganic acid and could be corrosive if too much or too concentrated an amount is inhaled. Your eyes are an early warning for this and will get painful and tear filled with exposure. Next would be the lungs with spasms of coughing. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens if a zombie bath in sulfuric acid?

This site is for: Medical information - not for science fiction. I haven't a clue what would happen if a zombie were immersed in sulfuric acid. ...Read more

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What does sulfuric acid do to your skin after prolonged exposure?

What does sulfuric acid do to your skin after prolonged exposure?

Burns: It will begine to destroy the outer epidermal layer and then go deeper to the dermis and then beyond. If you are being exposed to this without protection, stop it immediatley and seek help. ...Read more

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Sulfuric acid just splashed into my dads eyes and they were badly injured. Doc says the chemical will start reacting after some days. Plz suggest..

Sulfuric acid just splashed into my dads eyes and they were badly injured. Doc says the chemical will start reacting after some days. Plz suggest..

Start reacting?: I am not sure what start reacting means. Acid burns are dramatic, painful and sulfuric acid is one of the more dangerous. HOwever, acid burns coagulate tissue which blocks penetration, so unless the acid was very concentrated, your did will probably do OK in the long run. I hope he has seen an ophthalmologist (not optometrist) and will be received proper topical medical care. ...Read more

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I'm chemistry lab I got either sulfuric acid or NaOH (25% concentration)on my hand. I washed it off now there's a small burn. Should I do anything else?

I'm chemistry lab I got either sulfuric acid or NaOH (25% concentration)on my hand. I washed it off now there's a small burn. Should I do anything else?

Chemical Burn: For either burn you did well by washing off the substance. I would apply a burn ointment like Neosporin and protect the injured area with a loosely applied gauze held in place with paper tape. Observe for blistering and/or spreading redness which would require a physician's evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) every day to help with constipation with a multivitamin? Heard it can deplete potassium.

Is it safe to take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) every day to help with constipation with a multivitamin? Heard it can deplete potassium.

Cobstipation: Daily laxative may be necessary in some people, but only after they have had their colon evaluated by colonoscopy first and the source of constipation thoroughly evaluated and if psyllium and fiber don't suffice. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux and as a result poor diet and I feel like I'm low on potassium. How to supplement/foods to eat to raise it?

I have acid reflux and as a result poor diet and I feel like I'm low on potassium. How to supplement/foods to eat to raise it?

Low potassium?: Before you start to add supplement (s) (s) to raise your potassium (k) level, make sure that it is low. If it's not, you are wasting your money on a s you do not need. Have your blood taken by a physician to see if your k is, in fact, low before you make your own diagnosis that may be incorrect. Good luck. ...Read more

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Recent lab results showed a 3.4 potassium level, is this level concerning?

Recent lab results showed a 3.4 potassium level, is this level concerning?

K level: Normal level is 3.5 -5.0 meq/l, what did u
doctor tell u.? U need to listen to him or her ...Read more

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Should I be concerned with the serum results: anion gap 6.9 potassium 2.7?

Lab results concerns: Yes, these are concerning. The potassium is very low and you may experience muscle weakness, cramps, and heart rhythm disturbances, including premature ventricular beats and even VTACH. Finding the cause matters. The cause must be identified and fixed. Meanwhile you need high levels of potassium intake daily. The anion gap is low and this may mean serum protein balance is off. Requires eval. ...Read more

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I would like to know what it means when your test results reveal that you have high potassium levels in your blood?

I would like to know what it means when your test results reveal that you have high potassium levels in your blood?

High K+: Sometimes high potassium can be simply a lab error or when the red blood cell hemolyzed after the blood sample is not processed fast enough by the laboratory, but a truly elevated potassium level can be from kidney failure, ingestion of too much potassium, may need to repeat the blood test to verify elevated k+ level. ...Read more

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I suffer from anorexia nervosa, and I just received my blood results back. I have 3, 1 of potassium, is it alarming?

I suffer from anorexia nervosa, and I just received my blood results back. I have 3, 1 of potassium, is it alarming?

Low potassium: Yes, that level of potassium is low and you should get replacement. At that level it can be given by mouth but should be done promptly because if it keeps going doing you might need intravenous replacement. Having low potassium puts you at risk of life threatening heart arrhythmias. Make sure you follow up with your provider as soon as possible on this. ...Read more

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2 weeks ago my potassium level was 6.0, creatinine 1.1, and GFR 55. Should I be concerned about this test result?

2 weeks ago my potassium level was 6.0, creatinine 1.1, and GFR 55. Should I be concerned about this test result?

Repeat the bld test: You didn't mention your BUN or sodium. Sometimes high postassium can be a false result from breakdown of blood cells (hemolysis). Are you on supplemental postassium? Adrenal problems can also cause high K+, Either way, high potassium can cause heart rhythm problems and you need to be retested. ...Read more

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My wife had a second blood test and results as follows. Creatinine 36.0 umol/L. Sodium 1.38 umol/L and potassium 4.4 umol/L what does this mean?

Hard to interpret: Blood tests can't be taken out of context. They are only a part of any physician's evaluation and must be interpreted along with the history and physical exam. Also need to know the normal ranges for the particular laboratory. I suspect the sodium is 138, not 1.38, and that is usually within the normal range. So is potassium. Creatinine = 36/88.4=0.41mg/dl seems low. High creatinine is worrisome. ...Read more

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Had routine labs recently. Potassium level was 6.2 and sodium was 148. The test were repeated 1 week later. Same results. I have no history of kidney?

Hyperkalemia is: A serious condition that can be life threatening given your potassium level is well above 6. I would make sure that the blood sample had not hemolyzed when you get it checked again, hopefully in the Emergency room, and make sure an EKG and kidney function tests are done. If everything normal then you may need to see a Kidney doctor or Endocrinologist to figure out why your potassium is high. ...Read more

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Can low potassium in the blood or body injure the kidneys? Why? What's the solution to this?

Can low potassium in the blood or body injure the kidneys? Why? What's the solution to this?

This is complicated: Very low potassium can injury any cell in the body (less than 2-ish) low potassium is happening for a reason - for most people it is a problem that the kidney is excreting the potassium out of the body - many times it is caused by a medicine that makes your kidneys excrete the potassium. There are potassium sparing diuretics that help you retain potassium but needs to be prescribed and monitored. ...Read more

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A nurse recommended not eating bananas strawberries tomatoes avocados due to high potassium results Not diabetic Is this true and what else needs ck'd?

Hyperkalemia: Your elevated K+ level is not from over eating potassium. The underlying reason should be explored. First have test repeated since its usually due to thrombocytosis (clotting) and hemolysis from poor technique, other reasons may be kidney failiure (ATN), rhabdomyolysis, tumor lysis syn., hypocalcemia or medication side effect (including digitalis toxicity). Insist on finding out why and get retest ...Read more

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Why we use potassium permanganate and tannic acid in gastric lavage?

Here are some...: This Q has been around without being answered. Here is my take based on what I have studied and retained about life & medicine. I'm sure that, through decades-long experience, the mentioned mixture has been proven to provide optimal ability not only to neutralize the unwanted mis-swallowed toxic materials but also protect more for stomach and intestinal mucosa as well as being more palatable. ...Read more

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