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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is electrolyte imbalance?

Water and salts (sodium, potassium, calcium etc.) form a delicate balance in the body. In this condition, the balance is broken by kidney injury, hormonal disturbances and other causes.

Symptoms related to electrolyte imbalance

  • Fatigue

  • My brain is not functioning right now

Questions your doctor may ask to check for electrolyte imbalance

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose electrolyte imbalance

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

Treatment for electrolyte imbalance

The aim of treatment is restoring electrolytes to normal levels. Mild imbalances can be managed via dietary changes and electrolyte supplements. In severe cases, salt-containing fluids may be given by a needle in the vein.

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