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Sodium Bicarbonate Deficiency
Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level of 32meq... Slightly elevated. Is this serious? 18 y/o male.
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
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
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
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
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
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
I believe I have non specific urethritis and have noticed a significant change in pain and discomfort since taking sodium bicarbonate. Please info?
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.
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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?
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
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
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
No: Drink lots of plain water, not bicarb. ...Read more
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
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
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
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