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What is hypernatremia?

Hypernatremia refers to having too much sodium in the blood, which is essential for the body's proper functioning.

Symptoms of hypernatremia

  • Seizure

  • Decreased responsiveness/expressiveness

  • Dry Mouth

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Losing consciousness

  • Abnormal behavior

  • Pale looking

  • Nausea or vomiting

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hypernatremia

  • Have you had a seizure?

  • Do you have dry mouth?

  • Do your arms or legs feel weak?

  • Have you temporarily lost consciousness?

  • Have you noticed or been told that you are acting strangely or differently lately?

Treatment for hypernatremia

Treatment focuses on correcting the fluid and sodium balance in the body.

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References

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Dr. Doan received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from UCLA. Prior to obtaining her medical degree, she was involved in oncology clinical research at City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in southern California. She attended medical school at Touro University California, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and holds an active medical license in several states. She currently works as a physician for Signify Health providing home-based health care.

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