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Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level of 32meq... Slightly elevated. Is this serious? 18 y/o male.

Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level of 32meq... Slightly elevated. Is this serious? 18 y/o male.

Could be: Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of 32 mEq is clearly abnormal and should be evaluated by a nephrologist. Since it appears you also have hypokalemia (previous question) I suggest you have this checked out soon. ...Read more

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Is sodium bicarbonate safe for infants?

Is sodium bicarbonate safe for infants?

No: Sodium bicarbonate is a symptom relief measure used in adults experiencing heartburn or reflux. Adults have kidneys that can get rid of the extra bicarbonate. Infants do not have this ability. If your child is experiencing reflux symptoms talk with your pediatrician. However, please do not give your infant sodium bicarbonate, unless you are specifically to by your doctor and in what amount. ...Read more

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How does sodium bicarbonate help the kidneys?

How does sodium bicarbonate help the kidneys?

Neutralizes acidity: Sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) makes the urine less acidic. This effect helps the kidneys get rid of uric acid, thus helping to prevent gout and kidney stones. It can help the body get rid of excess amounts of certain types of medications. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) can also help prevent and treat certain metabolic problems (acidosis) caused by kidney disease. ...Read more

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Can I use nexium (esomeprazole) with sodium bicarbonate?

Yes: Nexium (esomeprazole) is a prescription medication that counteracts the stomach's acidity. You should not need to take additional bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) to neutralize the stomach acid because the medication works well to do that. There is no contraindication to taking bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate), but it may not help more than the medication. ...Read more

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Why would hco3 or sodium bicarbonate be elevated in a persons labs if they have gout?

They shouldn't: Gout occurs when uric acid is produced often in an acidic environment. Hco3 can be used as a buffer when added to water creating more alkalinity in the blood, preventing uric acid deposition in the joints. Perhaps your bodywork was performed after trying this treatment? Using hco3 can dangerously raise your bloodpressure, so be careful. ...Read more

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What exactly does bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) do when it is introduced into the GI tract?

What exactly does bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) do when it is introduced into the GI tract?

Acid neutralization: I'm assuming you're asking about stomach acid, which must be buffered before proper digestion of food can take place in the small bowel. The pancreas assists with both functions--by production of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) that neutralizes stomach acid in the material that enters the small bowel, as well as production of enzymes that work to digest starches and proteins in that ingested food. ...Read more

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My 3yr old had bloods done it showed high cretins and low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) what does that mean?

? Kidney problems: If you mean high creatinine and low bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) it may mean kidney disease or perhaps significant dehydration. Ther doctor that ordered the tests should be able to provide explanations. ...Read more

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My bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is always low to borderline for over a year and my muscles are having issues. How do I raise it?

My bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is always low to borderline for over a year and my muscles are having issues. How do I raise it?

Low bicarb: To know how to correct it, we need to know what caused it in the first place. I see chronic diarrhea as one of your conditions. It's possible that it is the cause for it. Correct it and see if bicarb goes up. ...Read more

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I believe I have non specific urethritis and have noticed a significant change in pain and discomfort since taking sodium bicarbonate. Please info?

Issues: NSU is felt to be a type of std in some circles. This may not be what you have. Would ask why you are taking Na bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). Make sure of what you have and see a doctor or urologist. This may well be a UTI. Get the best treatment after you have had a urine culture done.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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Last night me and my husband took a teaspoon of sodium carbonate by mistake thinking it was bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). No side effects yet. Should we worry?

If no side effects: Sodium carbonate or soda ash is not poisonous but can be an irritant. So if you don't feel any irritation in your mouth, esophagus or stomach than you should be alright and there will be no problem. ...Read more

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Why do they check bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level?

Acid-base handling: Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is the one of the major buffers for acids consumed (diet) and produced by our body (metabolism). Checking bicarb level gives insight to acid-base handing by the body particularly kidney regulation. ...Read more

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Taking bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) helps during a gout attack?

Acute Gout: Sodium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) once it enters the stomach, turns into water and a carbon dioxide gas. The pH of blood is unaffected. Therefore, it has no realistic role as a treatment for gout! There are many effective strategies for acute gouty arthritis. See your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is sodium bicarbonate used in treating parakeratosis?

It is not: Sodium bicarbonate is not a treatment for parakeratosis. You need to address the cause of this pathological observation. ...Read more

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What is a normal venous bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level? Mine was 32

Serum bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate): Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in our blood acts as an essentisl acid buffer. Its concentration is tightly governed and regulated between 22 and 28 meq/liter. A value of 32 indicates an excess. Why it is 32 is important. The kidney is responsible, for sure, though the kidney need not act alone. Hormone signals such as aldosterone excess can drive this change. Lung retention of carbon dioxide also can. Ask doc. ...Read more

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Can I use bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda to remove light tartar stains?

Not as effective: Not as effective as having your teeth professionally cleaned by the Dentist/Hygienist, and then brushing 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock w a whitening toothpaste. Homeopathic remedies not as effective as specifically engineered products. ...Read more

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Is using bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) sodium in cooking harmful for pregnants?

No: No, you can safely cook with bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) sodium (baking soda) while pregnant. Most commonly this is used as a leavening agent in baking, but some people might throw some into their spagetti sauce to make it less acidic. Best of luck with what you are preparing! ...Read more

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Is it ok to add some bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (not baking powder) to my dry ginger tea? What benefits would that have?

Help with nausea: If you are dealing with nausea, a small amount might help, along with the ginger tea. You'll probably burp a bit. This is not something you want to be doing long term or for any particular health benefit. ...Read more

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Does bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda stop smelly feet?

Does bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda stop smelly feet?

Smelly feet: Yes. The medical term for smelly feet is bromohydrosis. Foot odor is most commonly caused by excessive perspiration (hyperhydrosis). Fungus and bacteria live in a dark, warm and moist environment. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) soda helps to neutralize the ph of the feet and therefore may eliminate the odor. Antiperspirant spray best to decrease the moisture! Preferably all natural type. ...Read more

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Can bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda help to cure smelly feet?

Can bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda help to cure smelly feet?

Maybe: Smell usually from bacteria and sweating try cleaning with hibiclens antibacterial soap. Put on undiluted and leave on for 30 secs. Generic ok. ...Read more

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What causes a high anion gap and low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate)?

Metabolic Acidosis: In medicine, metabolic acidosis is a condition that occurs when the body produces too much acid or when the kidneys are not removing enough acid from the body. If unchecked, metabolic acidosis leads to acidemia, i.e., blood ph is low (less than 7.35) due to increased production of hydrogen by the body or the inability of the body to form bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (hco3-) in the kidney. ...Read more

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Is Sodium Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) good for cleansing the eyes?

Is Sodium Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) good for cleansing the eyes?

Not really: Hello and thanks for using HealthTap. The eyes do not really need cleaning. Tears protect the eyes and provide the ideal environment for keeping the eyes clean and healthy. ...Read more

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Could the bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda be used to treat thrush?

No: You need to use anti-fungal agent, such as Nystatin mouth suspension, or a pill such as fluconazol. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) soda would not work. ...Read more

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Why does blood bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level decrease if you have addison's disease?

Why does blood bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level decrease if you have addison's disease?

Loss of Aldosterone: Metabolic acidosis (increased h+ and blood acidity) due to decreased bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level in addisonian crisis is due to loss of the hormone aldosterone because sodium reabsorption in the distal tubule is linked with acid/hydrogen ion (h+) secretion. Less aldosterone stimulation of the renal distal tubule leads to sodium wasting in urine and h+ retention in the serum, resulting in bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) drop. ...Read more

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